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Author: 
robertatthehighline
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When people hear I am from San Antonio they often ask if I hope the High Line becomes like the River Walk. The answer is no. The River Walk is designed for tourists, and my dream is that the High Line is first and foremost a well-loved park for New Yorkers that visitors may also enjoy.


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But San Antonio now has the opportunity to be known for a wholly different kind of public space that's designed for residents, not tourists, and it makes an inspiring story.

The last, large tract of undeveloped land just a few miles from downtown's River Walk was the 311-acre Voelcker Dairy Farm. Most of the property had not been cultivated and looked like the land settlers saw when they first came to the area. Some of the trees there were standing at the time of the Battle of the Alamo -- all within the bounds of the tenth largest city in the country.  Plans were in the works to sell the property for housing developments.  Instead the City, at the Mayor's initiative, bought all 311 acres and set about to preserve the landscape and turn it into Voelcker Park, which will be the city's largest park.

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And it keeps getting better. Them they hired the team of Steven Stimson Associates and D.I.R.T Studio to oversee the development of a master plan. D.I.R.T is led by one of my favorite landscape designers, Julie Bargmann.
Their winning competition entry is after the jump.


Author: 
Anonymous
The movement to save the High Line started as a grassroots operation, localized in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.  From the very early days, the neighborhood newspapers of Community Media (The Villager, Gay City News, Downtown Express, and later, Chelsea Now) have carried some of the best coverage of the project.
Author: 
Sanaya Kaufman

There's a public hearing this Monday, March 10, about another great New York adaptive reuse project that we love.

On Governors Island sits a dilapidated military fort with exciting potential.  It was built to defend the country against the British in the War of 1812 and has an identical blueprint to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  The New Globe Theater Campaign wants to restore the fort and create an amazing performing arts center in the open courtyard.

Author: 
Danya Sherman
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Last night we partied with our neighbor Edris as she celebrated her salon's 5th anniversary. With a bouncer out front of our building, a dance floor full of old friends from the neighborhood, and great food and wine, we couldn't have thought of a better way to spend a Monday night. Congratulations, Edris!


More photos after the jump.

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Anonymous
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In honor of the dismal weather forecast for this week, here's my favorite rain shot of the High Line. This is an old meatpacking platform on 13th Street turned impromptu surrealist still-life.

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Anonymous
The Times reports today that financial giant Morgan Stanley has backed away from its deal with Rail Yards bidder Tishman Speyer (bid here).

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Anonymous
Robert Hammond
 
Crain's came out with their annual 40 Under 40 list  yesterday, and the High Line's own Robert Hammond made the cut.

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Danya Sherman
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What is sure to be the first of many business and residential structures built around it, a new branch of the posh Equinox gym opened January 3 under, between, and overlooking the High Line. Their lobby incorporates the High Line's support columns, and the yoga studio looks directly onto the Line itself.

More pictures after the jump.

Author: 
meredithatthehi...
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state of the mta
 

This morning, MTA Executive Director Lee Sander gave the first ever State of the MTA address. However, despite RSVP'ing last week, I wasn't able to make it inside, along with a bunch of other heartbroken transit enthusiasts. Bummer. Above are some shots of the huddled masses gathered outside of Cooper Union's Great Hall moments before we were turned away.

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