TOP 10 What I Did In New York This Summer #1

  1. Sunrise on Manhattan’s fire escapes

 431556_600  I woke up very early, thanks to jet lag. I was laying and waiting for at least a ray of light from my window. New York slept. Yes, it sleeps at 4-30 am, definitely. Then I found that our bed is right under the window with a fire escape. We tried to open it and voila, I was standing on those romantic stairs ever, just awaken still in my lingerie and with disheveled hairs. I felt I was inside of one of those Hollywood films just like Richard Gere or many other film heroes. That was so amazing!

 Jolly well, we made a photo shooting there. The stairs like that is a symbol of Manhattan for me. We rented an apartment on Airbnb. It wasn’t neat by the way, but it was on Manhattan, it was in old building and it made me feel so Newyorky.

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I found a piece of history about fire escapes in NYC. I was very excited to know.

The first law was enacted in 1860, requiring all tenement houses to have fire escapes. Then New York Labor – Title 3 – § 273, was enacted after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 which killed 146 immigrant workers in a building now part of NYU. The law required that fire escapes on office and factory buildings built after October 1st, 1913 had to be made of wrought iron or steel with the ability to sustain a live load of 90 pounds per square foot or greater with an additional safety factor. Other requirements recommended a “continuous or straight run stairway” if possible, a balcony “firmly fastened” to the building on every floor with iron railings, and unobstructed opening to fire escape of a least 2 feet wide and 6 feet in height.
One thing you notice on street level is that last staircase, which is required by law to go “from the lowest balcony to a safe landing place bene
ath.” The staircase must either remain down permanently or arranged to swing up and down.
Ever wonder why some fire escapes are in fun colors? A later law, which affected fire escapes constructed after April 18, 1929 required every fire escape made of material that might rust “be painted with two or more coats of good paint in contrasting colors… Whenever a fire-escape becomes rusty, the owner shall repaint it with two additional coats of good paint.” The latest fire escape law also has a variation of this rule.

This picture is where we lived. Upper East Side 93th Street

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The second law also had specifications about interior access and where fire escapes can be constructed in general, like in the photo below where fire escapes are permitted “in a court of a non-fireproof multiple dwelling to serve an apartment or suite of rooms which does not contain any room fronting upon a street or yard.” Additionally, it banned reuse of old materials or cast-iron in new construction.
The latest law appears to be 1 RCNY §15-10, available on NYC.gov, which goes through everything in great detail, down to what a “goose-neck ladder” is. But, the fire escape may not be long for the city. In April 2015, the FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the New York Post, “Those fire escapes are going the way of the dinosaur,” because fireproofing is seen as more effective.

Top 10 Thing You Need To Travel To New York In Summer

What to pack to NYC in summer?

Preparing my trip I’ve read a lot of websites with advises about NYC. It is not easy to decide what to pack with you to stay light and to have everything you may need. You never know whats gonna happen there. By the way to pack your New York City luggage is very easy.

What girls need to have in NYC in summer?

  1. Carry-on bag, where you put all your stuff
  2. A pair of comfortable shoes, if you run take your best running shoes. Those are quite nice in black and fit almost with everything.
  3. Comfortable socks. The best are running socks. It will be very helpful to prevent calluses if you plan to walk there. But who didn’t?
  4. Comfortable clothing. I mean jeans or leggings with shirt, something sporty and casual. Here I have a black tee from 2XU and black shorts from Lululemon – also fits almost everywhere depending on jewelry and hairstyle.
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  5. Toiletries TSA-Compliant (Toothbrush, comb and etc. less is better)
  6. Small make up kit. I use one black pencil, bb cream and a lipstick.
  7. Light fancy dress. I have this one from Athleta, which you needn’t iron, and it fits everywhere. Just add some jewelry and hairstyle in the evening.Screenshot 2015-09-20 22.24.04
  8. Pair of comfortable sandals to fit to the dress and which could be useful not just for one night.
  9. Internet in your mobile phone. It will make your life easier. To find a place to eat, to use map, to look for an event – all are quite easy in the Internet. We used [email protected] guest SIM card for $40.
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  10. Backpack bag if you walk a lot. I have this one in brown, older model. I bought it when my daughter was born because I needed free hands to manage with her. It is very expensive but I have it more than seven years and I still wear it and it is still fancy. True Italian.
  11. Sunglasses.
  12. Your photo camera and notebook are optional but I had mine with me.