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The "Goings on About Town" photo in this week's New Yorker featured a familiar sight to anyone who's strolled the High Line on a hot day.  The Sundeck's lounge chairs – both rolling and stationary – have become a veritable Mecca for sunbathers.

For those who remember the early iterations of the High Line's design, the photo also reminds us of something...


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Our flickr pool, now well past its infancy and into its chubby adolescence, is a great repository of High Line visitor photos. It's a fun browse, but it needs your help to grow big and strong.

If you're on flickr, please take a moment to add your best High Line shots to our pool. You'll be glad you helped  expand the prettiest little corner of the internet.

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Maybe the air thirty feet up does something to people, but the High Line seems to have been attracting some serious love lately. We received word of another proposal on the High Line a few weeks back, when a San Franciscan named Alex came to New York to propose to his girlfriend Priya. No need to worry, those petals were not picked off the High Line. Congratulations to Alex and Priya!

[More hopeless romanticism after the break.]

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Last night brought the opening of an art exhibition inspired, in part, by the High Line.

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Peter ObletzObletz outside his home in 1983
 

The High Line in 2009 is a story of success. After ten years of arguing, working, raising money, convincing, and building, the High Line finally opened as the civic marvel that many had dreamed it could become during its decades of disuse. However, this story of success began with a much earlier fight back in the 1970s , when a man named Peter Obletz first walked the High Line- what he referred to as a "mile and a half long cocktail sausage on toothpicks." Though Obletz ultimately failed to convince the city to reuse the High Line, his initial fight paved the way for the successes of the future.

Obletz, a former dance-company manager and train enthusiast, lived in a concrete block railroad building next door to two antique rail cars he had painstakingly restored in the late 1970s. Obletz took his first trip up to the High Line during this time and fell in love immediately. The subsequent story has been recounted many times since, from his purchase of the line from Conrail for $10, to his long and draining fight to preserve it both for commercial and public use, to his untimely death in 1996.

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Today's Guest post is by FHL Co-Founder Robert Hammond on one of his favorite places to eat in the neighborhood:

"A few weeks ago I walked into Tom Colicchio's restaurantCraftsteak to show some friends Stephen Hannock's amazing painting Chelsea Winter with Elevated Park; New York High Line.  Stephen painted the High Line in 2006, right before construction began, using a rooftop perspective and collaged images from Friends of the High Line. It's really something to see up close if you haven't, and a good excuse to swing by this great restaurant.

I had been meaning to make it to Tom's  recently launched Halfsteak – a  more casual  restaurant in the  front dining room of Craftsteak that opened a few months ago. We ended up having dinner there and it did not cost much more than good take-out food. The burger is $11.50 and it comes with delicious fries. You can also order any items off of the main dining room menu if you have your heart set on any of their seasonal side dishes or steaks.

The restaurant is a stone's throw from our 14th and 16th Street entrances to the High Line and is a perfect place to watch the sun set across the Hudson River, so after a walk on the High Line this summer, stop in for a 'Half Pint' and a 'Halfsteak'.


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Today, a new accolade! For the first time, an article about the High Line made it to the "most-emailed" list on the New York Times web site.

The article, called "The High Line: A Railway Out of Manhattan", captures the special atmosphere up on the line – "almost a small town in the air... It even inspires crusty New Yorkers to behave as if they were strolling down Main Street."

As a park visitor explained in the article: "Here people tend to be more friendly...Those same people, you might see them someplace else and, you know," she broke off, raising her eyebrows, "they're kind of stressed."

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A big thanks to the thousands of people who came to the Target High Line Street Festival on Sunday!

We estimate that more than 25,000 people joined us at the Street Festival and up on the High Line. We are so grateful to Target, the Parks Department and other City partners, and all of our fabulous Festival organizers, performers, artists and partners for making this one-of-a-kind event possible.

[Many more photos (courtesy Lou Rocca), after the jump.]

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