Photographer Timothy Schenck captured this vibrant shot this week of the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, an elevated walkway on the High Line between West 25th and West 27th Streets.
The Falcone Flyover is a subtle design feature that complements the natural microclimate found in this stretch of the park. North of West 25th Street, visitors find that the historic warehouse buildings draw closer to the historic railway, protecting this section from the wind and creating a naturally shady environment that captures moisture. When Joel Sternfeld photographed this area in the year 2000, it was home to tall trees of heaven (that's the name of the tree) and a thick understory.
When the High Line Design Team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf turned their attention to this area of the High Line, they looked to work with and celebrate the natural microclimate created by the close proximity of buildings when creating the design for the park.
Now, along the Falcone Flyover, a pathway ramps up gently to a height of eight feet above the ground, carrying visitors through a canopy of trees. This time of year, the Flyover becomes a patchwork of reds, oranges, and even some evergreen leaves, as the shorter days and cooler temperatures affect the magnolias, sassafras, and serviceberry trees that grow there.