"Instead of a daily sales goal, I reversed the normal rules of the game and developed a daily rejection goal. If I wasn’t getting rejected, I wasn’t trying hard enough. If I got a lot of rejections, I made my goal… Sometimes rejection can be a good teacher, and sometimes you almost need to seek it out to be freed from it."
It is the question we are asked most often by visitors on the High Line: what is happening with the final section of the High Line just beyond the construction fence at West 30th Street?
Representing one-half mile of the entire historic freight rail structure, the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards wraps around an incredibly complicated development site. It has working rail yard filled with LIRR trains, plans for the city’s largest real estate project in decades, and multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors, all of whom have unique needs.
One of the hallmarks of successful urban spaces all over the world is the use of movable chairs. William Whyte’s studies in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces found that people create ownership of public space by being able to control where and how they sit. This theory was recently tested in Times Square, where the moveable chairs in the new pedestrian plaza have proven to be enormously popular.
But will the same application work in Italy? That’s what Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will soon find out.