“High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," is the first book about the High Line that tells the story of the project, and documents its history and the completed park in photos. Written by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the book is being published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book will hit the stores on October 11, 2011.
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In this candid book—designed by Pentagram and illustrated with 250 pages of full-color images— Josh and Robert tell the story of how a crazy idea in 1999 became a reality in ten years. In their narrative, they discuss how they relied on skill, luck, and good timing, including a crucial court ruling, an inspiring design contest, the support of many New Yorkers, including Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council, the growing public concern around urban planning issues following September 11, and more.
Advance praise of “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky”
"The High Line is not only a great work of design—surely the most important addition to the public realm of New York in this century; it is also a great saga. In this book Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who led the grass-roots movement to rescue the High Line from demolition, tell with energy, passion, and refreshing candor the story of how this industrial artifact became, against all odds, a magnificent park."
"This book is the record of a bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history. The story of the struggle, against very long odds, by two young men to create the High Line is a story of perseverance, determination and courage, and the photographs which accompany it show the brilliance of their achievement."
Robert A. Caro
"If God is in the details, then few projects can be more divine than the High Line. Christo, the man who wraps bridges and the Reichstag, once said that for him the creative part of his work is not the finished product but the seemingly frustrating process of getting all those permits and raising funds and convincing ecologists and city planners. This careful account of how the High Line came to exist despite all the odds proves just how creative and suspenseful realizing a plan can be; it’s a real cliff-hanger."
"There is no more miraculous and important and gratifying piece of new American urban design than the High Line. What’s more, how it was conjured into existence is a compelling story, and here’s that story—with pictures!—told lucidly and charmingly by the two extraordinary ordinary guys who pulled it off."
"This is a fundamentally uplifting story of two young men with a dream who scythed through red tape and skepticism, summoning a village to help re-imagine what a park could be in the twenty-first century. Thanks to their vision, and to the dedication, enthusiasm, and brilliance of their collaborators, a walk in the park has been transformed into an exhilarating urban experience that helps all of us to see our extraordinary city with new eyes."
"The story of the High Line, from rusting relic to sky-sited park, is one of the great encouraging, improbable stories of New York life in the past few decades. This book tells that story from its Quixotic beginnings to its triumphant realization, and should be read by anyone who cares about New York, or green and urban life."