First MANHATTANHENGE of the new decade

Grab your camera or your smart phone and wake up early tomorrow New Yorkers. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:20 AM will be the first Manhattanhenge sunrise of the year, and in some reckoning, the new decade. (for more on that topic stop by https://walterthinnes.blog/2020/01/01/happy-new-year-the-decade-question/) For you Big Apple newbies this is the date (one … Continue reading First MANHATTANHENGE of the new decade

National Train Your Brain Day + Footnotes #13

Today is National Train Your Brain Day when you are challenged to test yourself with puzzles and riddles. What does that have to do with my long recent health travails? Simple. After nearly dying from severe septic shock and going through three operations in eight days I emerged physically exhausted. As I awoke, slightly dazed … Continue reading National Train Your Brain Day + Footnotes #13

Bundle Up! December Sunrise Manhattanhenge Returns!

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 comes the last Manhattanhenge of this year.  Readers of this blog will remember, and you can find them in the history, the explanation of the science of this phenomenon.  Briefly, the orientation of our cross streets aligns with the rising or setting sun to be framed in the concrete canyons … Continue reading Bundle Up! December Sunrise Manhattanhenge Returns!

Manhattanhenge, Manhattan Henge or Henge o’ Manhattan is back!

In January I alerted you to a sunrise Manhattanhenge and gave you advance notice of the next occurrence of the sunset version.  The orientation of Manhattan is generally north-south and the Commissioners Plan of 1811 created a grid system of streets north of 14th Street.  As the earth tilts to create our seasons, the sun … Continue reading Manhattanhenge, Manhattan Henge or Henge o’ Manhattan is back!