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Photo by Liz Ligon

Podcast: Discover Sites & Sounds of NYC’s Park in the Sky with Co-Founder Joshua David

By Joshua David | October 14, 2015

Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David.Photo by Liz Ligon

We invite you to listen to a unique podcast featuring Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David as he revisits favorite neighborhood sites and reflects on his memories about the High Line.

After Josh stepped down from his day-to-day role at Friends of the High Line in June, we took some time to revisit neighborhood sites with him. With 16 years of experience working on the High Line and nearly 30 years living in Chelsea, Josh has gotten to know many of the people and places who make this part of the city so extraordinary. In the podcast, you’ll hear Josh’s personal history of the earliest days of Friends of the High Line and some of the countless people who came together to make our park in the sky a reality.

Origins (Episode 1): Joshua David takes the listener on a journey from his initial curiosity about the High Line to the initial planning meetings, and discusses how 9/11 was a catalyst for change in the city.

Download Episode 1: Origins


Echo in Time (Episode 2): Josh reflects on the legacy of historic preservation in the West Village from the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook at the park’s southern end, the site of Friends of the High Line’s first efforts to open the structure to the public through Open House New York.

Download Episode 2: Echo in Time

Florent (Episode 3):
Josh remembers the early days of organizing around preservation in the Meatpacking District, and considers how local diner Restaurant Florent changed people’s views of the industrial west side..

Download Episode 3: Florent


Street Theater (Episode 4): Josh reveals the design challenges that were the origin of the Tenth Avenue Square, one of the High Line’s most popular gathering spaces.

Download Episode 4: Street Theater


Secret Forest (Episode 5): Josh explains the origins of the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover between 25th Street and 26th Street, and the High Line’s connections to the industrial buildings nearby.

Download Episode 5: Secret Forest

Beacon (Episode 6):
Josh explains the role of the Hudson Guild in making the High Line a reality, and talks about the decision to place a viewing spur on 26th Street. .

Download Episode 6: Beacon

Rebellion Against the Grid (Episode 7):
Josh remembers the neighborhood and culture at the time when the idea was an unlikely prospect.

Download Episode 7: Rebellion Against the Grid

Little Mythology (Episode 8):
Josh remembers the day that the High Line opened to the public as a city park, and expresses his hopes for the future.

Download Episode 8: Little Mythology

Podcast production by Benjamin Riskin. Music composition, sound design, and mixing by Aaron Leeder.

Thumbnail photo credits: Episode 1: Liz Ligon;
Episodes 2, 3, & 5: Friends of the High Line; Episode 4: Eddie Crimmins; Episode 6: Iwan Baan; Episodes 7 & 8: Timothy Schenck.

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