Friday, April 17, 2009

Tribeca, Pt. 3


Same as last two days, profile view....the "scaffold" near the first floor noted by super west coast blogger Altadena Hiker is actually the fire escape staircase. The old buildings featured a mechanical firescape; once you'd fled to the second floor level, you'd use a pulley or chain to lower the moveable part of the firescape to street level..

5 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Great shot. Is that some sort of scaffolding up by the first floor? Are they working on it, then.

EV Grieve said...

The ground floor is vacant? Any idea what was in the space??

James said...

What great old building and I love fire escapes. Keep' em comming.
I doubt this thin building could last long in Texas tornado weather.
I say that as the wind and rain slams into my apartment. :-)

Brad said...

The building is so narrow, looks like half of it is missing.

Babooshka said...

Got to go back to classic American cinema and literature. How many scenes played out on these kind of fire escapes. Even city dwelling in the UK we just didn't have these. Can't help but feel that you are now capturing a Ghost World. I hope not all of it disappears.