For the past several months, PLOG has mused about creating a Brooklyn version of the famous celestial event dubbed “Manhattanhenge.” Created by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the cosmic occurrence takes place whenever the setting sun precisely aligns with the Manhattan street grid. Looking west down the canyon of avenues, Sol neatly disappears beyond the horizon as if the very gears of the galaxy turned around our city.
It’s a beautiful event but takes place in a borough that might as well be in another star system if you ask PLOG. And so we began to consider if it was possible to create a Brooklynhenge of our very own. One of the first things we noticed comparing the street grids of Manhattan and Brooklyn is that the roads of Gotham were planned out 200 years ago but the avenues and boulevards of BK often seem to turn on a whim. Brooklyn’s grids are just not consistent enough for any kind of borough-wide astronomical pattern. Indeed, deGrasse Tyson told us much the same thing. We wrote the famous scientist and TV personality and though it took awhile to hear back, he did offer his thoughts.
In other words, the astrophysicist who was responsible for literally changing the number of planets in the solar system and who has been both on Stargate and The Daily Show doesn’t see a bright future for Brooklynhenge.
It doesn’t to take a rocket scientist to see that Brooklynhenge isn’t in the stars. But perhaps someday we’ll have our own planet named after us. Don’t forget us, Neil, when you look up at the skies.