Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Feeling the High...Line.

The High Line is now open...finally! If you live in New York you know what the hype is all about..unless you live under a rock. For everyone else, the High Line is an abandoned 1.45-mile (2.33-km) section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, along the lower west side of New York City borough of Manhattan between 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center and Gansevoort Street in the West Village.

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line will soon open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.

When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.


The High Line is located on the West Side of Manhattan. The first section runs from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, to West 20th Street, in Chelsea, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

There hasn't been this much hype about a park in NYC since...a really long time.

I was just there last week and my friend and I were trying to sneak up but we couldn't...there was a lot of security and quite honestly, it looked a little dangerous! Not that I mind danger but I also didn't want to get arrested for trespassing...the cops would do it no matter how charming I am (and I really know how to turn it on). In any event, by the looks of it last week I never thought they could finish it to open today...but they did! I'm heading down there this weekend again to check it out and see the view from up top. While I'm there maybe I'll have some brunch at
Pastis and visit Jeffrey, who by the way, has some exciting limited edition collections to celebrate the opening of the High Line.

This time last week...
Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Previous Photos via www.thehighline.org

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