As part of the New Yorker blog's 2009 Year in Review, architecture critic Paul Goldberger has assembled a list of the Ten Most Positive Architectural Events of 2009 . At the top of the list is the High Line; Goldberger writes,
"Far and away the most uplifting thing to happen in New York this year was the completion of the first segment of the High Line, the magnificent promenade/public park atop the old elevated freight line running through West Chelsea."
Other notables on this (mostly New York-based) list include Thom Mayne's 41 Cooper Square, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, another Diller Scofidio + Renfro project.
Read the list .
In a way, this mention brings the High Line full-circle. Adam Gopnik's 2001 New Yorker piece, "A Walk on the High Line", the story of photographer Joel Sternfeld's year-long effort to capture the High Line's wild landscape in all seasons, was responsible for much early public awareness of and support for the High Line project. You can read that article here . [PDF]