Contributing Monkie Dawn Sorace
Published on June 16, 2009
Photos by Dawn Sorace
If you didn’t know where to look or hadn’t heard the buzz of late… “High Line“, then you might just miss it. As you can see (from the picture below), other than some trees- it’s not really noticeable from street level.
But there is a big buzz about the High Line, because it is truly a wonderful and amazing thing to see, experience, and enjoy. It is even more special for residents of New York City, where public “green” spaces are quite limited. This and other movements toward the re-greening of NYC are very exciting… I know I am not alone in thinking we can more harmoniously mesh concrete living with more greenery and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Lots of photos after the jump
The High Line features an integrated landscape, which combines meandering concrete pathways with perfectly scattered lush greenery sprinkled with colorful flowers that pull you into it’s simplistic movement. Even the benches are perfectly placed into it’s flow and there are lovely chaise wooden loungers – perfect for sunbathing and gazing onto the Hudson River, as well as a set of “tiered benches”, that over look 10th Avenue for another view of the city.
The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. The last train ran on it in 1980 and has been vacant since then. 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. All designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The High Line offers a truly innovative new public space- offering great views above the city streets. The High Line is open from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm daily. For more information please visit thehighline.org.