At a time when the city's iconic fire escapes are endangered, here's a surprise. A new one has appeared at 390 Fifth Avenue (6th/7th), part of a vertical & horizontal enlargement of the building. As there's a new sprinkler system in the building, I'm surprised there's a new fire escape as well. In fact, I'd read that a variance was needed for an escape on an altered building built prior to 1968. Whatever the permit situation, & whatever the dubious aesthetic merits of the new construction, isn't it nice to see that iron tribute to the city's architectural history?