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New York's High Line Park

Postby rockland » Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:13 am

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"Designed by an architectural team from Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the High Line offers a retreat from street life, a bucolic space floating 30 feet in the air with Hudson River views."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/reale ... ine&st=cse

"A subtle play between contemporary and historical design, industrial decay and natural beauty sets the tone. The surface of the deck, for example, is made of concrete planks meant to echo the linearity of the old tracks. The path slips left and right as it advances, so that at some points you are right up against the edge of the railing and at others you are enveloped in the gardens.

And those gardens have a wild, ragged look that echoes the character of the old abandoned track bed when it was covered with weeds, just a few years ago. Wildflowers and prairie grasses mix with Amelanchier bushes, their branches speckled with red berries. Mr. Corner designed planters to hold the taller trees, and the Gansevoort entry is marked by a cluster of birches. On Saturday the gardens were swarming with bees, butterflies and birds. I half expected to see Bambi."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/arts/ ... cse&scp=10

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Postby rockland » Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:45 am

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Some evening shots taken by Katie Sokoler via the Gothemist

http://gothamist.com/2009/06/10/high_li ... =3#gallery

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Postby rockland » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:50 am

Another review from The Dirt...(Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, and Environmental News)


"The High Line Park, designed by James Corner, ASLA, and Field Operations, with architectural support from Diller Scofido + Renfro, opened this week in lower Manhattan. The High Line has been a story in many major newspapers, as well as more focused sustainable design and environmental news sources. Bringing attention to the ability of landscape architects to restore post-industrial environments, create habitat for both people and wildlife, and make urban renewal engaging and attractive, the High Line may prove to be one of the major sustainable design and urban renewal stories of 2009. Here are some of the early reviews:..."

http://dirt.asla.org/2009/06/10/early-r ... line-park/

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Postby rockland » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:05 am

Name That Plant!

http://blog.thehighline.org/2009/06/25/name-that-plant/

The High Line also has a blog.
The heavy rain we have had has helped the plantings.

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Postby scowsa » Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:27 pm

We try to get to NY every 2-3 years and this was already on "the list."

It's nice to see old industrial space turned into green space.

Another similar item on the list is the Ikea sponsored Erie Basin Park in Red Hook
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Postby rockland » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:25 pm

I did hesitate to mention the High Line without visiting.

I did walk it this morning. Early. Opens at 7am. From 7-8 it was empty.
A few walkers and some runners. Even some lovers.
Not that interested in taking photos but i must say it is something that
is only experienced in person.

I'm always the sceptic but this is a success.

And we still have a battle to continue. The second phase
up to 33rd st.
Developers, now seeing success, want access from their buildings...
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Postby rockland » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:37 pm

Scowsa. I've not been to Red Hook since Ikea joined the landscape.
(we almost bought property there when we were looking 4 yrs ago)
I was a bit fearful of the change. I know so many people in that
community and was not up to the local battles.

Another institution is http://www.socratessculpturepark.org/about/

(my old neighborhood)
Just across the street from http://www.noguchi.org/

Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of public services.


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