These reflective metal gates, railings, and fences are quite common in certain parts of the city. It's not unusual to see multiple houses on a single block adopting this shinier-is-better philosophy of exterior design. I've taken untold photos of the mirrored spheres that I've passed; fortunately, I've exercised some restraint in posting only two so far.
UPDATE: Even though this photo was taken in the Bronx, I shall henceforth refer to this style of ornamentation as "Queens chrome" (as suggested by Jessica W in the comments below) to pay tribute to the borough where it seems to be most beloved.
these seem particularly popular among the chinese community, IMO, but I’ve really only noticed them in Chinatown and Sunset Park. Do you find that to be true across the city?
They seem to me to be popular among a number of different ethnic groups, the Chinese included. Perhaps they are the great unifier of our time.
Yikes! I can see the dog’s collar now…
Queens chrome! That’s what I call it over here in Astoria…
I’m stealing that!