Lower Midtown / New York, New York
The other day while walking from the East Village up to West 33rd Street, I came across this steel fire escape mounted on the face of a 5 story walk-up. Nothing unusual for a pre-war building in Manhattan - but with a relatively fresh coat of paint against a rather bland grey facade, all I could see was one "Z" after another. Typically, these steel structures are used for anything but their intended purpose. They are great places for cultivating your urban garden, hanging clothes to dry, using as a balcony to extend a cramped living space or for the particularly adventurous, sleeping on a hot summer evening.