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The Inspiration of Our Fathers
A view of Lake Tahoe while hiking in California.
My first caribbean sunrise
Man posing with the A-maze-ing Laughter bronze sculpture in Vancouver, BC
All life on the reef
Swimming in Papallacta
Clown in the blue
A man shares his bread with a pigeon. Kiev, Euromaidan.
face to face
Lateral posing
A genuine Teddy Roosevelt bear circa 1903
 Lower Manhattan Fire Escape
A girl and a golden playing on the Yellowstone River
love bird in fog
portrait of nudibranch
A Painterly Palette at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Gold pigmy
green vison
Caleidoscope in the Blue
Thinking of the past...
underwater life
A Father's Safety
Lively green leaves after the rain.
12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Lower Manhattan Fire Escape

Old areas of New York City have thousands of fire escapes but the starkness of this one caught my eye. The erection of fire escapes on tenement houses in NYC hit their all time high in the 1860's, rarely a building in New York City could be found without at least one fire escape. They were functional in many ways from emergency egress to social balcony gathering places, used for drying laundry to cooling off on a hot summer night. This one in the South Seaport area was a stark reminder of bygone era.

TAGS: America, New York, Street, United States

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© Karolyn Seeley.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2013
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Filed Under: The American Experience
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 4, 2014, noon
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Camera Model: NIKON D80
Focal Length: 70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f4.5
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PHOTO LOCATION NYC, New York, United States of America