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Manhattanhenge or Pokémon Go? New Yorkers couldn’t keep their eyes off their phones yesterday

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Two phone-based frenzies swept the streets of New York City yesterday, July 11. Throughout the day, crowds of people stepped haltingly, peering through their phones in parks and other public areas to play ”Pokemon Go,” a newly-launched mobile incarnation of the popular Nintendo game. And as the sun set, new hordes of smartphone photographers began clustering on street corners and wandering into traffic, hoping to capture a yearly solar event known as “Manhattanhenge,” when the sun sets perfectly between high-rises on the city’s east-west streets.

The photos below, all shot by Reuters freelance photographer Mark Kauzlarich within a few blocks of midtown Manhattan, show just how much our phones have become part of how we see—whether we’re trying to catch that perfect sunset or chasing down something even more surreal.

Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich
A Pokemon appears on the screen next to a woman in the augmented reality mobile game “Pokemon Go” in Bryant Park.
Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich
A man plays “Pokemon Go” in Bryant Park.
Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich
A wild SLR appears.
Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich
A person takes a photo with a tablet.
Manhattanhenge 2016.
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