Gotham Equinox
May 28, 2004 7:24 AM   Subscribe

A little something from the gee-whiz department for all our friends in Manhattan... did you know that today is a Gotham Equinox? All I can say is enjoy it while you can.
posted by silusGROK (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
That is fucking cool.
posted by plemeljr at 7:46 AM on May 28, 2004

I bet it annoys the sh!t out of New Yorkers.
posted by JeffK at 7:55 AM on May 28, 2004

Yes, very cool! Thanks, silusGROK!
posted by carter at 7:56 AM on May 28, 2004

Just one more thing to make miss the city. Even a half dozen shots of tequila served by some of the cutest Japanese girls imaginable, is not helping these days. Sometimes I feel like Antaeus, with my feet off the ground, and the hands of Hercules around my throat.
posted by bashos_frog at 8:20 AM on May 28, 2004

Sometimes I feel like Darmok, at Tanagra with Jilad.
posted by coelecanth at 8:41 AM on May 28, 2004

Timba . . . his arms open!

I'm such a fucking loser . . . anyway, this must happen in other cities as well. Any info on when we can expect this sort of thing in Chicago?
posted by aladfar at 8:46 AM on May 28, 2004

that's cool, but it's way too cloudy and drizzly : <
posted by amberglow at 9:12 AM on May 28, 2004

and on a related note: gothamist has a good new weather dept.
posted by amberglow at 9:14 AM on May 28, 2004

aladfar and coelecanth, at least you aren't Shaka when the walls fell.

Man, we are geeks.
posted by plemeljr at 10:15 AM on May 28, 2004

It is too cloudy today, as amberglow has noted, but I've caught this in the past. It's one of the most magical times to be in New York. I caught the sunrise one this past year by accident while walking my obnoxiously early rising puppy. Of course I prefer the sunset version, walking toward the Hudson through the Village, and arriving at Hudson River Park for the post-sunset wonder that is the sky over New Jersey.
posted by divrsional at 10:22 AM on May 28, 2004

Sokath, his eyes uncovered

posted by ewagoner at 10:28 AM on May 28, 2004

I just loved it when he figured it out... "...met-a-phor!"

Christ, we're below geeks. We're fucking nerds.
posted by armoured-ant at 11:53 AM on May 28, 2004

Not to interupt the Star Trek convention, but...

My daughter was born in Manhattan on May 28, 1998. We left New York shortly afterwards. The Gotham Equinox was news to me (great name for it, silusGrok).
This post is a great birthday gift for her mother and me.
posted by putzface_dickman at 12:04 PM on May 28, 2004

(Thanks, there were a few obvious terms, but this seemed the best.)
posted by silusGROK at 12:55 PM on May 28, 2004

I live below the grid myself, but think this is worth a little walk north to see it...
posted by Busithoth at 1:43 PM on May 28, 2004

Miracle, it cleared up!
posted by palegirl at 1:44 PM on May 28, 2004

i know--i'll go outside at 8ish and see : >
posted by amberglow at 2:59 PM on May 28, 2004

aladfar: downtown Chicago's streets are aligned with the cardinal directions, so a "Chicago equinox" corresponds with the actual equinoxes, roughly March 21 and September 22. For such a city, the streets align with both the sunrise and sunset on the same day.

But for a city at an angle, you'll have different days for the "sunrise equinox" and the "sunset equinox," if you will. If the "Gotham sunset equinoxes" fall on May 28 and July 12, then "Gotham sunrise equinoxes" would be around November 28 and January 12.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:11 PM on June 2, 2004

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