Manahattanhenge: One of the two days a year when the setting sun can be seen along east west streets in New York City

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  People take photograph...
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Just like at Stonehenge. the sun only sets twice a year in such a way as to be seen from the eastern end of the numbered streets that run East – West. New Yorkers rejoice:

Scores took to Manhattan‘s streets Tuesday to gaze in wonder at “Manhattanhenge,” the twice a year occurence when the sun aligns east-west along the skyscraper-lined streets.

“I never saw the sun set until today. Today was my first sunset. I just never thought to look,” said Shawna Wallace, a security guard at the Con Ed power plant, who watched through a gate on Ave. C that looked directly down 14th St.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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