In the summertime, a fire escape can be a whole extra room in a New York City apartment. Last Sunday I took a blanket, pillow, the New York Times, my lunch and a glass of lemonade out onto the fire escape and soaked up the sun. There was a light breeze and from this perch the East River is visible. I am grateful for my secret hang out. It is so wonderful to get some fresh air and to observe the neighborhood from above.