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Manhattanhenge: Archtober Summer Kickoff

There is a limited walk-in space available. This event is RAIN or SHINE. 

Twice a year, the sun sets perfectly in line with the NYC streetgrid creating a unique event nicknamed “Manhattanhenge.” This year, the Park is partnering with Center for Architecture to kick-off Archtober, the month-long celebration of Architecture & Design in New York City. 

This event, bringing the natural solar cycle together with our local built environment, will feature a talk by Caroline Weinberg, Co-Organizer of April’s March for Science, on the importance of free speech and expression in the sciences; an Instagram challenge judged by Instagram influencer @field_condition; and a visit by the traveling installation DREAM WALL NYC, which invites visitors to submit their dreams for a better world, creating a a constellation of ideas.

Mitch Frohman’s Latin-Jazz Quartet will play and food, beer, and wine will be available for sale at the Katchkie Farm Food Station. Bring your camera, grab a friend, and capture the NYC skyline as you’ve never seen it before!

Free; registration required. Speaking program begins at 7:30pm.Space is limited. The capacity for this event at Four Freedoms Park is 1,750. 

There is a limited walk-in space available. Walk-ins are not guaranteed; capacity is limited

Instagram Challenge!

Snap a photo (using your best photography skills, of course) of the Manhattanhenge sunset and share it with us on Instagram during the event! Mention @archtober with the hashtag #ArchtoberSelects and the location. That evening, Instagram influencer @field_condition will judge his favorite photos and we’ll give away architecture-themed prizes to the winners!

As a reminder: 

  • To protect the memorial, there is no eating or drinking allowed in the Park with the exception of water. You may bring your own food to enjoy in our designated eating areas. Wine, beer, snacks, and meals (sandwiches, salads, etc) will also be available for purchase at our food station, Katchkie Farms.
  • Unfortunately, no pets are allowed in the memorial. The full list of Park rules is available here
  • No drones are permitted in the Park. 
  • There is limited seating at the Park. Please feel free to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 


Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, explains this  event and its unique connection to baseball...via

About Archtober

Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the seventh annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. Organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with 60+ partner organizations across the five boroughs, the festival raises awareness of the important role of design in our city and the richness of New York’s built environment.


Photo Courtesy of Justin Fontaine

Photo Courtesy of Justin Fontaine

Saxophonist & Flautist, Mitch Frohman, known for his 25-year stint with the Tito Puente Orchestra as well as his membership with the Mongo Santamaria band, is finally set to release his own album, "From Daddy With Love". Frohman is the leader/co-leader of three of the most in-demand Latin & Latin-Jazz groups; The Bronx Horns, The Mambo Legends Orchestra (former Tito Puente All-Star musicians), and the Eddie Torres Mambo Kings Dance Show Orchestra. He has also played with greats; Celia Cruz, Machito, La Lupe, Cheo Feliciano, Eddie & Charlie Palmieri, Blood Sweat & Tears, Paul Simon, David Byrne, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Milly, Jocelyn & Los Vecinos and even Aventura! Of course his signature sound can be heard somewhere in the world everyday as he is the sax soloist on the theme of TV's mega- hit "Sex & The City". After almost 40 years in the Latin Jazz community Mitch Frohman is long overdue to present his own music to the faithful Latin jazz audience.


Earlier Event: July 9
Summer Sunset Sundays
Later Event: July 16
Summer Sunset Sundays