"Manhattanhenge" is a semiannual occurrence that happens when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city.
"Manhattanhenge may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world," says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, of the American Museum of Natural History, who officially discovered the phenomenon.
The name "Manhattanhenge" is a play on Manhattan, this city's most famous borough, and Stonehenge, the megalithic monument in southern England with large stone blocks set out in concentric circles. At Stonehenge, the Sun crosses the site's central axis during the summer and winter solstices, leading experts to speculate that the site could have been used as a sort of sun calendar, as well as for religious ceremonies.
A view of the "Manhattanhenge" sunset from Hunters Point South Park, July 11, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.