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Chapter One: He Adored the High Line



In one of the greatest movie openings of all time, Woody Allen's Manhattan features shots of his noble but down-at-the-heels city unfolding to the swooping score of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Allen's own signature writerly futzing.

The whole thing is worth watching, of course, but pay special attention to seconds 22 through 26.

The shadowy High Line looms large, helping set the tone for a 1979 Manhattan "that existed only in black and white." Seems like the High Line was a bit of a character actor, playing grit the best a rusted bitch knows how. See earlier: Pat Benatar Rocks the Line.
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