MetroFocus: May 26, 2017

May 27, 2017 at 5:21 am

Neo-lithic, not natural, but definitely awe-inspiring, and it has us all stopping in our tracks in the middle of the street, year after year. It’s Manhattanhenge, the day that the sun aligns itself with Manhattan’s skyscrapers and avenues and gives a gift that is somewhat Stonehenge, and somewhat Star Wars. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the man who coined the phrase Manhattanhenge, and he’s back with a preview of where and when you can view this cosmic spectacle. Then, for all bird watchers – professional and novice alike – we’re taking you into Central Park for a primer in what feathered wonders you may be missing right before your very eyes! Next, a tragic and often unspoken side effect of war: making peace with the past. For those that didn’t come home, we honor all of the fallen. For all of the soldiers who have come back, we look at the lasting effects of war close to home on Long Island. Finally, in the new Independent Lens documentary we meet a veteran who turned to farming as a place of purpose and a place to heal after coming home from war.