Jun 22, 2009

high line

For Father's Day we took a stroll on the High Line. The High Line is an old elevated railway that was used to transport cattle into the Meatpacking District which just north of the West Village. Very little meat processing is done there now. It's a gentrified into a trendy restaurant, market, and nightlife locale.

For years it's been a decaying edifice in the area. But starting back in 1999 plans were set it motion to renovate it into an elevated parkway. The southernmost third of the railway, starting at Gansevoort Street, just opened. Although New York has a lot of fabulous architecture, I'm always a little disappointed that a city so large has so few examples of really aspirational architecture. The High Line fits this bill nicely and I hope the city learns something from it.

New York Times article
Wikipedia Entry
Official Website
High Line Blog
Flickr Pool

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