Scenes from Manhattanhenge

On Tuesday, July 12 the Park opened its gates after-hours to celebrate "Manhattanhenge," a semi-annual event in which the sun sets perfectly in line with the New York City street grid. More than 900 people joined us for the evening, spilling into the Park, timed in entry with the arrival of the Roosevelt Island tram. 

This was the first time the Park hosted an event for Manhattanhenge, and one of the rare times the Park stayed open to the public after sunset. For those who stayed after the sun went down at 8:27, they were treated to a clear night sky, with only the lights of Manhattan in the distance aglow. 

Mitch Frohman's Latin-Jazz Quartet performed from 7pm - 9pm inspiring a few couples to dance in the shadow of our Copper Beech Trees. In all, it was one of the most spectacular ways to kick-off the start of Music at Sunset concert series, which will take place on select Thursdays in July and August. Photos of the evening are below. 

Photos by Daniela Velasco