Saturday, July 25, 2009

Get High Lined

My friends and I took advantage of the sunny weather and checked out the recently opened 'High Line' park on Manhattan's lower west side. The High Line is an elevated train track converted walkway/park that over looks the Hudson River and is one of the best designed public spaces I've seen. You'll understand when you see the small details in the design of the benches, landscaping of the flowers and materials used to build the park. Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (who also designed Boston's ICA) and landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations are responsible for the brilliant transformation of a railway that maintains its identity but also screams I'm a park for the future and so NYC.

A quick note about the High Line logo (shown above). The High Line isn't just a park, it's a branded park. From High Line volunteers sporting navy blue t-shirts with a giant eco-green High Line logo on their chest to their community friendly website, the High Line sells a unique upscale park experience. High Line redefines "parks" not as a rundown patch of grass for dogs to poop in, but as a cool place to socialize and makeout with your girlfriend.

Visit the park if you haven't yet. There's multiple entrances: Ganesvort St (next to Helmut Lang store + Standard Hotel), 14th, 16th, 18th and 20th streets.

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