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Livegreenblog and the stairs of Manhattan

Friday, 5th February 2016

New York City - and Manhattan in particular - is synonymous with skyscrapers, iconic landmarks in the skyline. But it also has its fair share of brick buildings with exterior fire escapes - to the joy of tourists on foot, wandering around the backstreets like we did. New York City's fire escapes are a hallmark of the urban landscape, not just useful in an emergency but also used as a kind of balcony, a small getaway outside - an opening over the city. They piqued our interest and as we delved into the history of these fire escapes we discovered that in most cases they weren't built at the same time as the buildings they seem to be one with. Often they date back to the early 1900s when the buildings ...

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