This weekend was “Manhattanhenge,” a term popularized by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, to describe the solar event where the sunset is lined up with the east-west streets on Manhattan’s grid. Mr. Tyson argues that this is perhaps a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.
In my mind, the big question in play is if Times Square can become a 21st century equivalent of the urban room and gathering space that Union Square traditionally has represented.
My commute is one of seeing a city while moving along its edge - not as arriving to the city, or walking away - but riding the border between the chaos and the calm. The river's revival is well chronicled and the primary reason for its success is what has been developed along its edges.