‘Epic view’ leads to epic pictures of New York City fog

Jennifer Gormley was up at 7:30 Wednesday morning with her kids in her apartment in Lower Manhattan when she snapped a photo of fog hugging the East River, nearly burying the Brooklyn Bridge. “We have an epic view out of the living room,” Gormley said when reached by phone. She lives on the 70th floor of the Frank Gehry-designed tower on Spruce Street. “We joke we have an ocean view,” Gormley said.

Gormley, who works as a director of product design, snapped the photo using Instagram on her iPhone, then put it on Facebook. Her husband, Matthew Rechs, later tweeted it, CC’ing NY1 Weather. The photo then began rocketing around social media. Rechs didn’t credit her on the tweet, an oversight he’s been trying to make up for since: “I’ve apologized to her as she was heading out the door,” he said by phone.

Gormley said she used an Instagram filter that “just tweaked the color a little.” She sent along some more shots that are just as epic.

Gormley’s original photo.

The Instagram version (note how the dot in the corner is less blue, presumably due to the filter she chose. Gormley’s not sure what the dot is — it “could just be weird sunlight reflection,” she writes in an email.)
A wider view, looking south toward where the East River meets the Hudson.
A shot in which looking down over New York resembles a flight over Greenland.

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  • Michael

    I don’t live anywhere near New York and I love it. It’s a city that belongs to the world.

  • danbloom

    Just a small note and great photo: but the world does not revolve around NYC and the usa media is so usa-centric and NYC-centric it does think the world does revolve around NYC adn the usa. it does not. there are lots of other great social media photos and stories from other nations, why dwell only on manhattan stuff. this is the sickness of the USA: u think it all revolves around YOU. think again. sigh