High Line Regular Clifton Crump at 14th Street
For someone who lives in Bayside, Queens, it's quite the feat to become one of our "High Line Regulars" â€“ folks that come to enjoy the park on a regular basis, or in Clifton's case, nearly every single day! Huddled together in the Chelsea Market Passage on a breezy fall day, Clifton and I became acquainted over sips of hot chocolate.
JB: How did you first hear of the High Line?
CC: I have lived in New York my whole life, and first knew the High Line from walking under it, coming to the Chelsea galleries. But my love affair began in 2005 when I was a part of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and their program for students was called 'Redesign the High Line'. Our idea, funny enough, was a park. Our group wasn't as outlandish as some of the other ones, but we wanted to bring back remnants of the old train line â€“ bring old subway cars up and use them as cafÃ©s. I've been talking about it ever since. I love it.