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rickatthehighline
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In what is an eerily near-perfect re-telling of my own coming-to-New York story, Pat Benatar's Love Is A Battlefield video tells the story of a runaway from small-town America, who, against all odds, fights her way through the grime-ridden dive bars of New York's oily, leather-clad underbelly, to end up dancing in the streets (where else?) under the High Line!

Author: 
joshatthehighline

Demolition has started on Sherrill Hall, the Seminary building that sparked a bitter neighborhood battle in Chelsea last year, when Seminary leaders proposed replacing it with a 17-story building. Scaffolding is up. Signs have been posted about asbestos removal and rat-baiting.

Author: 
robertatthehighline
no doubt you will ruin it
 

This is one of my favorite comments cards from our 2003 Ideas Competition. I've kept on my desk since then.

Author: 
Sanaya Kaufman
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As the winter wonderland melted and quickly became a grim rainy day, we at the High Line find ourselves reminiscing about how darn pretty the High Line looks in the snow.  Rusty B is a gal for all seasons!

Here's a little taste to satisfy your winter woes.  These lovely images were taken exactly two years ago -- February 12, 2006 -- months before construction began.  My how the High Line has changed.

More pictures of the High Line in winter after the jump...


Author: 
Danya Sherman

New York isn't the only city to be blessed with out-of-use elevated railway-- while back home in Chicago last year, I took a hike on the Bloomingdale Trail, the three-mile-long unused rail embankment that runs through Chicago's residential west side.

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The plant-covered trail, which trains stopped using in the 1980's, is just 15 feet tall and runs in close proximity to neighborhood schools, playgrounds, and backyards. Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail started in 2003 to seize this exciting opportunity to create new community recreation and park space.

  More pictures and history after the jump.
Author: 
Anonymous
Co-Founder Robert Hammond was on Manhattan gossip blog Guest of a Guest, talking about his favorite part of the design, the creative people involved in the High Line, and his other life as a painter.

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Author: 
peteratthehighline

I made a brief visit to the construction site on Saturday. The design is really starting to take shape. We are just entering that wonderful moment in a construction process when there are enough pieces in place that you can see how they all come together; and yet, like one of those biological learning tools, the guts haven't been covered up, and all the pieces are still visible.

Here's the electrical conduit running underneath the planking system.

Author: 
Anonymous
Concrete planks were delivered recently on a flatbed truck, and loaded onto the High Line at 14th Street with a crane.

Planks Delivered
 

Workers began installing the planks at Gansevoort Street, and are working their way north. These 12-foot-long, tapered planks will become the pathways on the High Line.

Planks
 

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