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This week’s polar vortex, in which temperatures with wind chills dipped into the negative degrees, generated its fair share of grousing on social media, and news hype. It also brought about some stunning photos from locals of iced over windows and ice drifts on New York Harbor.

But the best set we’ve seen yet are a bunch of stunning, and chilling, photos of Jamaica Bay frozen over like on big ice skating rink. Dan Mundy, of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, whose Jamaica Bay photos we’ve featured before, struck out at sunrise to capture the beautiful and rare shots of the warm sun rising over the iced over Bay.

You can check out all the photos here, but we’ve selected our favorites to feature after the jump.

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  • Neil

    Mother Nature at her coldest (in this region), yet beautiful! Thanks for posting.

  • guest

    Stunning

  • Sportzfan

    All beauties Ned!

  • bbrodinsky

    All those things that weren’t going to happen until “hell freezes over”? Oh boy, we’re in a lot of trouble. It was so cold out that I heard the devil was turning down walk-ins.

    • BrooklynBus

      Hell, Michigan did freeze over.