Wednesday, October 26, 2011
When the lights go down in the city
Recently I went for a walk on the High Line at dusk. Everyone always talks about how pretty and serene the park is, and it is. I would liken it to an urban oasis and it rises above the dark(ish) and very loud streets of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea and a bit further north on the west side of Manhattan. But the last time I was there, when the sun was about to go down, it was lovelier than usual.
I didn't focus too much (or really, at all) on the beautiful greenery and wild-looking plants and trees that grow in the park itself. Instead I found myself looking up (or out, as it were) at the lines and shapes of the skyline. The face of our city is always changing and it's so apparent when you walk on this elevated park. Obviously it's a different angle but it's not just that.
The colors, the shapes, the shadows - it looks so...magical. Plus from up top you really see the old mixed with the new and it's inspiring to think of how far we've come but also remembering where we first started. I love thinking about this in the context of the High Line because really, it was one of the very last places in Manhattan that was untouched for a very long time. This amazing place was left abandoned for years - it was beautiful and ironic that in a city like New York this was even possible (you can see photos of the High Line pre, during and post-development here). It seems like every corner of New York is somehow groomed or polished, and this is truer than ever today in the age of non-stop construction and starchitects changing the face of our town; but, the High Line was overlooked forever. It was only a couple of years ago that it was open to the public and I love that finished/unfinished look that it has. Anyway, everything is so rich at dusk and the city looks like it is about to wind down but really it's the calm before the never-ending storm that is New York.
I love it.
From way above the High Line at the Standard.
Underneath the High Line. Underneath the High Line.
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