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Sunset over the Hudson River as viewed from the High Line Park.Three Days ’til Christmas: Sunset on the High Line.

The winter solstice officially arrived at 12:30 a.m. in New York City on December 22, 2011. The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet’s polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits. Today’s photo from the High Line Park is a reminder that the days now get longer and the nights get shorter.