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High Line Park

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Joshua David and Robert Hammond talk about how they collaborated with their neighbors, elected officials, artists, local business owners, and leaders of burgeoning movements in horticulture and landscape architecture to create the High Line. The park is now celebrated worldwide as a model for creatively designed, socially vibrant, ecologically sound public space, and they tell the story of it’s creation in High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky.

Author Unknown, 1934
The High Line, view from West 17th Street, looking north, photographer unknown, 1934
Joel Sternfeld © 2000
The High Line, a Railroad Artifact, 30th Street, May 2000
Joel Sternfeld © 2000
The High Line, looking East on 30th Street on a morning in May, 2000
Iwan Baan © 2009
The High Line, Chelsea Grasslands, between West 19th Street and West 20th Street, looking North, 2009
Iwan Baan © 2009
The High Line, Gansevoort Woodland, Gansevoort Street to Little West 12th Street, looking South, 2009
Iwan Baan © 2009
The High Line, typical cross street, West 20th Street, looking East, 2009
© Iwan Baan, 2011
The High Line, aerial view, from West 30th Street, looking South toward the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site, 2011
© Iwan Baan, 2011
The High Line, Falcone Flyover, the pathway rises eight feet above the High Line, winding through a canopy of trees, between West 25th and West 27th Street, looking South, 2011
© Iwan Baan, 2011
The High Line, 23rd Street Lawn, the northern end of the 4,900-square-foot lawn peels up over West 23rd Street, looking West, toward the Hudson River, 2011

Guests:

Joshua David and Robert Hammond

Comments [7]

Doug Douglass from West Village

The 1934 photo looks north from Washington and West 12th (not 17th). The train is going through Bell Telephone Labs, now WestBeth. Building in the distance was Manhattan Refrigeration, which became West Coast apartments at 95 Horatio Street in 1985.

Oct. 19 2011 10:29 AM
RLewis from the Bowery

Leonard,
ask these guys if they are providing any help, advice, etc. to the Low Line folks.

Oct. 18 2011 01:49 PM
frank from NYC

The NYT had article not too long ago about the older business are not doing well because of the High line.

Oct. 18 2011 01:45 PM

My intro to the High Line came in 1999 when I was looking for an apartment in the West Village or Chelsea and one apartment looked out _exactly_ south along the High Line. I could have put a ladder across to the railing and gone for walks. I thought how beautiful it was then. Amazing to think how much has changed since then.

Oct. 18 2011 01:45 PM
anonymous from Brooklyn

It would be great if you could ask your guests about their thoughts on all of the condo development that has spurred up along the High Line. I wonder if they feel these developments are counter to their vision for the Park and undermine the High Line by making the Park an amenity for primarily wealthy residents. A related question is whether your guests think the effort they undertook could be used to bring more parks to low-income areas in the city, where park space is often lacking. Thank you.

Oct. 18 2011 01:44 PM
Geo from NJ

Please ask why the head of the non-profit deserves >$200,000 in salary.

Oct. 18 2011 01:40 PM
J from NYC

Please ask about inspiration from the Promenade Plantee in Paris.

Oct. 18 2011 01:36 PM

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