Between the recent snowstorms, crews have been working through the icy temperatures and frigid winds to install the Seating Steps – an elevated seating area near the Lawn in Section 2.
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Located at West 22nd Street, the Seating Steps are situated in a space where the High Line opens up to a wider area that once housed extra tracks that served a loading deck for the adjacent warehouses. The design team has used the extra width to create a central gathering space, with the Seating Steps anchoring the southern end of the Lawn, a 4,900 square foot swatch of inviting turf for lounging, picnicking, and people-watching.
The Seating Steps, like the peel-up benches and other furniture elements in Section 2, are comprised of reclaimed teak. The hardwood has been repurposed from demolished industrial and agricultural buildings. Under close inspection, indications of the wood’s prior use become evident. Marks leftover from nails, pegs and fasteners have been filled with a durable epoxy, creating a smooth finish. An oil-based sealant is applied to the wood’s surface, both protecting the wood and allowing it to weather to a uniform silvery grey color over time.