'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.
  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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