Lower East Side, New York, 1941, Weegee

Children sleeping on a tenement fire escape, including a girl holding a cat.
The hot weather last night took Weegee, the photographer, to the lower East Side, where he found these children sleeping on a tenement fire escape at Irving and Rivington Streets. Weegee says he gave the kids $2 for ice cream, but their father took charge of the dough.” PM, May 23, 1941