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Exploring the High Line

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Exploring the High Line
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529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
New York, NY 10011

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 22, 2012


The Friends of the High Line created a fantastic new park, after founding the High Line in 1999. I have now explored this park twice. It begins where an historic elevated rail line once stood, at Gansevoort Street, and it extends all the way to 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, along the same line. The High Line rail was almost demolished, but itís now a non-profit conservancy, owned by New York City, in collaboration with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The High Line at the West Rail Yards, running 30th to 34th Streets, is in the planning-construction phase.

Walking on the High Line, Gansevoort to 30th Street, I saw solo and duo musicians performing en plein air, wildflower patches, new apartment buildings - office buildings - hotels (all of whose glass windows abut the wooden walkways), views of the Statue of Liberty, views of the Hudson, views of the Empire State Building, a modern dance performance in silence, an a cappella chorale, a bride, the construction dig for the new downtown Whitney Museum, standing sculptures, rock formations, new trees and shrubs, wild birds and pigeons, a rabbit, billboards, wide wooden performance spaces, long and multitudinous benches, a soup-sandwich cafť, frozen fruit bar carts, old rail lines, and kaleidoscopic views of traffic. Itís a serendipitous, ever changing space, so easy to walk, with access at Gansevoort Street, 14th Street (elevator access), 16th Street (elevator access), 18th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street (elevator access), 26th Street, 28th Street, and 30th Street (elevator access).

The design team includes James Corner Field Operations (landscape architecture), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architecture), and Piet Oudolf (plant designer), as well as a long list of contributors for civil and traffic engineering, soil science, environmental engineering, irrigation, lighting, signage, public space management, water feature engineering, cost estimating, code consulting, site surveying, expediting, plus a construction team. Although the park is free of charge, a membership helps support the maintenance and expansion. The High Line has school workshops, public art exhibits, and music and dance events. You can check their schedule here. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and light handbags, and bring a camera!



The High Line at 23rd Street
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Modern Dance on the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Wildflowers Grow at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



View of the Empire State Building
from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



New Residential Architecture
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Walking South on the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bossa Nova on the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Harmonica and a Rabbit Entertain
on the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Exotic String Solo on the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



New Residential Architecture
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A Giant Billboard
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Sunday 10th Avenue Traffic
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Wide Wooden Steps Lead to New Spaces
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Lush Vines and Plantings
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



View of the Statue of Liberty
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



View of the Hudson
Seen from the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The Renaissance Street Singers
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Sculpture Surrounded by Nature
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Sculpture Surrounded by Nature
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Old Rail Lines Surrounded by Nature
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Old Rail Lines Surrounded by Nature
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A Bride Arrives for Photos
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



The New Whitney Museum
Being Built at Gansevoort Street
at the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net