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April 20, 2005

High Line Designs at the MoMA

With the new exhibit of the proposed Highline designs at the Museum of Modern Art opening today and yesterday's NY Times story about some of the design challenges the project will face, not to mention a few beautiful break out days that truly mean spring is here, Gothamist now wonders of now's the time to head to the High Line again to experience it and even take some pictures before things change. In fact, we think it would be cool to revisit the High Line every so often to ultimately create a stop-action photo essay of the changing landscape in the West Chelsea area. Anyone who lives or works with a view of the Highline will probably have some fun opportunities as well.

What do you think of the proposals for the High Line? We'd love for the High Line to be accessible, but, again, it seems almost weird to think of a truly "designed" experience. There's more information from the non-profit spearheading the project, Friends of the High Line, Curbed has some exclusive new renderings for the Highline and a fun book is photographer Joel Sternfeld's Walking the High Line, which captures the High Line in its overgrown beauty. And here are Gothamist's tips on how to visit in the comments section.

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I think the renderings are great. Especially that second picture in the Curbed images. The way the planking is uneven with the flowers poking through definitely echos the feeling of the current ruin.

Posted by: MT at April 20, 2005 01:50 PM

Walking the High Line is a wonderful experience, being totally alone outdoors in the city, yet hearing the traffic and knowing you're only a few feet away from the vigor of the city. There's a well-trod path through the weeds so you can walk all the way to the end rather easily. A little spooky as you pass under the buildings, but otherwise quite enjoyable.

Or so I've heard. It's criminal trespassing, so I never did it. Not once. No sirree.

Posted by: Captain Midnight [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2005 01:54 PM

If one wanted to hypothetically walk the High Line how would one get up there? Not that I would ever think of trespassing.

Posted by: MT at April 20, 2005 02:47 PM

maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't Central Park a "truly 'designed' experience"?

Posted by: Mike at April 20, 2005 02:52 PM

Looks good, but I'll bet that in 5 years, the high line will still be a rusting hunk of junk. Which wouldn't be so bad for...

Posted by: Kevin Walsh at April 20, 2005 05:15 PM

I'm very unimpressed with the new design for the High Line. Not everything needs to look like an Apple Store. Where is the preserved history of the line? Why isn't the fact that fact that it's a train track addressed? Where is the beauty of the existing structure? You can read my full thoughts on the subject here.

Posted by: Jon at April 20, 2005 06:49 PM

There are instructions above in the "tips on how to visit" link. I hear it takes a little effort to get around the fences.

While Central Park is completely artificial, it was designed to look natural, and succeeds so well that very few visitors suspect it isn't. Nobody will mistake the renovated High Line of being anything but artificial.

So Kevin, when do we get a Forgotten NY page on the High Line?

Posted by: Captain Midnight [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2005 06:56 PM

>>>So Kevin, when do we get a Forgotten NY page on the High Line?

We play the hits at FNY.

Posted by: Kevin Walsh at April 20, 2005 10:54 PM


thanks for posting something about the high line...who knows what will happen to it in the future, but all this publicity and your posting of it just assures that its future is important to the city.

Posted by: Becky at April 21, 2005 09:55 AM

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