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Twice a year, the sun sets perfectly in line with the NYC street grid creating a unique event nicknamed “Manhattanhenge.” In celebration, FDR Four Freedoms Park will stay open late, offering a perfect location with which to observe this fun and beautiful phenomenon. The incredible Atomic Funk Project will flex their freedom of speech and expression muscles to perform a fantastic set of funk and soul classics, Wonder Photo Shop NYC will be onsite with an interactive photo installation, and many more surprises!  

As part of the event, Archtober, NYC’s Architecture and Design Month, has invited @field_condition to judge the second annual #ArchtoberSelects photo competition. Share your Manhattanhenge photos with #ArchtoberSelects to win Archtober and NYC Ferry prizes and swag! Archtober will be accepting submissions until 3pm on Friday, July 13 and announcing the winners on Monday, July 16.

So, bring your camera, grab a friend, and capture the NYC skyline as you’ve never seen it before! When you're finished,  join East Midtown Partnership for a belated happy hour in East Midtown just a subway or tram stop away! Participating restaurants/bars include: 

Special deals available from 8:00-10:00 pm.

Free; registration required. This event is RAIN or SHINE. The capacity for Manhattanhenge at Four Freedoms Park is 1,750. 

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

As a reminder: 

  • Food will not be sold at this event. You may bring your own food to enjoy in our designated eating areas
  • To protect the memorial, there is no eating or drinking allowed in the Park with the exception of water. 
  • 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


This event is generously supported by FUJIFILM North American Corporation. Special thanks to our partner East Midtown Partnership. 

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