It's a bit of an over-wrought setup for what is basically a tip on when to get the sun just right for a nice photo in Manhattan. Still appreciate the tip, though. The setup is no doubt amusing to some and not others. I feel like for this kind of thing, both camps' opinions are perfectly valid, since it's a matter of personal preference. And that the "negative" opinion was expressed in a HN thread is... not surprising in the least.