Photography: Manhattanhenge 5/29/22

As I mentioned in a previous post, Sunday was a very weird day: I had gone out with the idea of shooting New Colossus Festival’s Summer Sunday Showcase at 18th Ward Brewing. The Q59 was over 20 minutes late. Once I got on the bus at 12:40 — a full 40 minutes after I had left my apartment, we wound up getting held up by Maspeth’s Memorial Day Parade. 

Unbelievably, the MTA somehow didn’t announce a delay notification — and they didn’t re-route the buses because of the parade for several others. I never got to 18th Ward. It essentially took me two hours to 69th Street and Grand Avenue. (I’ve actually been on shorter flights!) 

So I walked back but I made a stop at The Grandstand to watch part of Yankees vs. Rays game before heading home. I texted a friend and we decided we were going to head out to catch Manhattanhenge, a trippy phenomenon in which the setting sun lines up with the Manhattan grid.

We wound up at 57th Street at 5th Avenue looking west in order to take pictures. And yes, we were like the other morons standing in the middle of a busy Manhattan street taking pictures — while trying to avoid buses and cars. But it was worth it.