Four Freedoms Park Summer Quick Start: Manhattanhenge Leads Summer Sunset Thursdays

Updated 27 weeks ago David Stone
Manhattanhenge 2018, FDR Four Freedoms Park
Manhattanhenge 2018, FDR Four Freedoms Park
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Take a deep dive into summer, this year, joining Summer Sunset Thursday events, kicking off with Manhattanhenge (plus) on July 11th. Enjoy FDR Four Freedoms Park's extended summer hours all month.

July 11th, Manhattanhenge

Like its distant cousin Stonehenge, Manhattanhenge was discovered, not created. New Yorkers make the distant mirror connection as sundown rays cast showers of light down canyons formed by Manhattan's street grid pattern. It has nothing to do with astrology or spiritual connections -- as far as we know. It's a unique urban marvel.

And in Four Freedoms Park, it inspires an annual gathering where folks line the granite walls and relax in the shade to observe as an impromptu community.

Manhattanhenge is free in the park, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., but you need to register here.

July 11th, Sunset Sketching with Hugo Barros Costa

While Manhattanhenge visitors stroll the meadow, Hugo Barros Costa invites you to bring your supplies for a sketching meetup. Currently, Costa is "retracing Park architect Louis Kahn's travels from decades ago, developing sketches in the very same spots that Kahn found inspiration for some of his most celebrated works."

He will share some of his work with you, from 6:30 until 8:00.

July 18th, Photo Walk with Sweet Dreams Magazine

From 6:30 to 8:30, bring your camera -- including smart phones -- for a walk with New York photographer Raheim "Black Soap" Simon.

Street Dreams magazine organizes the event in an anticipation of Photoville, the September outdoor photo festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Register here.

July 25th, Photo Workshop: Filling in the Blanks with Brooke DiDonato

Bring your camera, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as photographic artist Brooke DiDonato leads a workshop that's all about using Four Freedoms Park's unique architecture for inspiration.

You will "take turns alternating between photographer and model, working together to bring each person's ideas to life."


All events in Summer Sunset Thursdays are free, but be sure to register, following the links provided above.

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