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No Joke, This Is What NYC Looks Like Right Now — It's Legit Orange

By Matt Stopera,


1. New York City turned orange today.

Not Mars. Not an apocalyptic movie scene. N.Y.C. skyline at a little after 2 in the afternoon. #AirQualityAlert #WildfireSmoke

— Meghan Danahey (@MeghanDanahey) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @MeghanDanahey

2. "Mars comes to Manhattan," as this person said.

Mars comes to Manhattan

— Karli Bonne’ (@KarliBonnita) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @KarliBonnita

3. The skies are currently WAY worse than yesterday.

View of New Jersey from Manhattan before and during the wildfire smoke #CanadaFires #wildfires #nycweather #NYwx #smoke #NJwx

— Mariya (@mariyanyc) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @mariyanyc

4. The air had been getting progressively worse throughout the day.

#BREAKING This is what #NewYorkCity looks like via Earthcam. The #CanadianWildfires created that haze. #AirQualityAlert : Unhealthy.

— Brian Pia (@brianpia) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @brianpia

5. And then a "thick orange haze" spread over the city.

👀 WOW! A thick orange haze has been hanging over New York City after smoke from wildfires burning in Canada moved south.

— Boston 25 News (@boston25) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @boston25

6. It was and is surreal.

Mars or #Manhattan ? The skyline has been turned orange/brown by the #smoke caused by #Canadian Wildfires.View from high floor at One Vanderbilt building. We smell the smoke despite having one of the most modern air filtration systems in the city. Stay safe!

— Jasmin (@JasminMarilena) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @JasminMarilena

7. Creepy is an understatement.

Rooftop view of the Hudson River right now. So creepy… #NYC #orange

— Mandy Antoniacci (@MandyAntoniacci) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @MandyAntoniacci

8. "The air in New York right now is ORANGE," this person said.

The air in New York rn is ORANGE

— LuvPotato⁷|FNAF2023!!|💜🤡 ⟭⟬ ♡ ⟬⟭ (@LuvinThatTae) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @LuvinThatTae

9. From the George Washington Bridge...

#BREAKING : New footage from the George Washington Bridge (connecting New Jersey and New York City) of the toxic smoke now enveloping the northeast, as dozens of wildfires burn uncontrolled across Canada. #BreakingNews

— Breaking 4 News (@Breaking_4_News) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @Breaking_4_News

10. the Harlem River.

Wednesday afternoon.This is in New York City, looking south from Spuyten Duyvil (NW Bronx) across the Harlem River. You can barely see Columbia's stadium in Inwood through the orange haze. The air tastes of smoke. @PIX11News

— Melba Kurman (@melbakurman) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @melbakurman

11. The Empire State Building looked straight out of Blade Runner .

Current Status. Take a look at our live ESB EarthCam as NYC deals with Canadian Haze:

— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @EmpireStateBldg

12. And in some places, the Empire State Building briefly disappeared.

The Empire State Building should be right there. In #nyc #AirQualityAlert

— fritzbacon (@FritzBacon) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @FritzBacon

13. Truly unreal.

It is absolutely wild in Manhattan. This air is unreal.

— Bright Light Bright Light (@brightlightx2) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @brightlightx2

14. It's apocalyptic out there.

Live shot from New York City. The Orange is starting to creep in there too! #FF6000 @eth_ben

— Pickasaurus007 (@PICKaSAURUS007) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @PICKaSAURUS007

15. The pictures don't do the "orange-ness" justice.

I took this five minutes ago, 2:18 p.m. Wednesday. The picture doesn’t do the haze and the “orange-ness” justice. If you’re in New York or anywhere in the northeast with low air quality, stay indoors.

— Peter Tedeschi (@PeterTedeschi) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @PeterTedeschi

16. Like, it was ORANGE orange.

Some photos from @EarthCam shots around NYC of the wildfire smoke affecting Manhattan

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @JesseRodriguez

17. I live in the city, and the only way I could capture how freaky the sky looked was with a polaroid.
Matt Stopera

18. And let me tell you, it SMELLS.

Orange as shit outside here in New York and it smells like terrible BBQ. Never seen anything like this

— #ShitHappens (Deku) (@CallmePuzzle) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @CallmePuzzle

19. NBC's Storm Team 4 posted this picture for comparison of what it usually looks like.

A regular day vs. today, just unbelievable. NYC air quality is now considered very unhealthy. #nyc #smoke ( @EarthCam )

— Storm Team 4 NY (@StormTeam4NY) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @StormTeam4NY

20. You can see a time lapse here:

The orange skies are making New York City look like... Mars? An apocalypse movie?We're LIVE today keeping you safe and informed.

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @weatherchannel

21. As of right now, the sky is starting to lighten a bit and looks more like this:

Manhattan at 1:43 pm is a ghostly shadow-scape in a mustard-hued smoke-laden airspace. #smoke #AirQualityAlert #NYC #CanadianWildfires

— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @Laurie_Garrett

22. It's more of a sepia tone.

NYC is now sepia. It’s actually bright orange but the phone cameras keep autocorrecting the color. 😷

— Gooblythe (@gooblythe) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @gooblythe

23. But whew, that orange was WILD.

The view of Belvedere Castle and Central Park's Turtle Pond now in the hazy smoke that has enveloped New York City. #AirQualityAlert

— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @BirdCentralPark

24. NYC currently has the worst air quality in the world by a large margin.

New York City currently has the worst air quality of any city on the planet, and it's not really close. Statistics via @IQAir .

— New York Metro Weather (@nymetrowx) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @nymetrowx

25. And there's no end in sight.

Lower Manhattan via @Earthcam at 3:00pm.

— New York Metro Weather (@nymetrowx) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @nymetrowx

26. As the Empire State Building's Twitter account said: "Where are my friends?"

Where are my friends?

— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) June 7, 2023
Twitter: @EmpireStateBldg
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