In a city where having your own backyard is a privilege reserved for aristocrats and unicorns, for years the fire escape has been a New Yorker's best friend. Our humble iron balconies have offered us much-needed solitude, a smoker’s retreat, outdoor dining options, a barbecue porch, and, hey, a quick escape in case of a fire. But due to recent safety concerns, fire escapes are now being seen as unnecessary due to the inclusion of fireproof interior stairwells in many buildings. This could mean they may soon join subway tokens, dive bars and most music venues, like CBGB, as a relic of old New York. Here's our pick of some of the best in town—enjoy them while you can.