Park update: The High Line is currently open from Gansevoort St. to 30th St. The section between 30th St. & 11th Ave. and 34th St. & 12th Ave. is currently closed due to icy conditions. Please check back or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.
Chapter One: He Adored the High Line
February 21, 2008
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 bitchknows how. See earlier: Pat Benatar Rocks the Line.