High Style

Stylesightings yesterday in – or maybe I should say “on” – the brand new High Line park. You can read all about it here. The basic info is this…it’s one of the only elevated parks in the world…when the final phase is completed, it will stretch for approx. 1.5 miles along the west side of downtown Manhattan. The park is constructed on an old elevated freight rail line that was built in the 1930’s but abandoned in 1980. My take on it – I really love this repurposing of NYC’s old industrial urban infrastructure. The overall design of the park (and the planting design which incorporates many of the wild plant types that grew on the structure after it was abandoned) feels quite European. I have to say too that considering that it is a public park (and in the U.S. no less!), it feels strangely like you have stumbled onto the private roof deck of a design-oriented hotel. The park features – such as expensive-looking wooden loungers with wheels that roll along the rusted rail tracks – are of the type that would be more likely found in a public space in a medium-sized city like Copenhagen or Rotterdam – a city where they would receive lighter use than they likely will in wild-n-crazy NYC. With the park running as it does through one of the more sophisticated (the Chelsea gallery district) downtown neighborhoods – as well as one of the more architecturally-interesting ones (the Meatpacking district) – here’s hoping that this urbane oasis continues to reflect its cultured surroundings. Now let’s get some artwork up there! Richard Serra sculptures, anyone?img_9057asimg_8951asimg_9072asimg_9069asimg_8992asimg_8974asimg_8958asimg_9004asimg_9036as

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