Is this fake or real?!
Looks plausible to me. Rain does look like that, but you normally don't see it since it's usually all around you.
You see storms like this all the time in the southwest during monsoon season:
having only access to a 500px photo + it's post instagram filter makes it really hard to tell. i opened up the file in photoshop to see the file info, and apparently Instagram strips out all copyright and ownership information (kinda dodgy actually). i wasn't even able to see the date taken to cross reference it with the weather of NYC that day.
another thing to ask — has this *ever* happened in NYC according to weather records? If not, this is totally a fake.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch