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NYguy Jun 12, 2009 4:19 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 4302324)
thats far from the only one.

per the friends of the highline site there are many other similar projects in various stages of consideration:

All would be great. I had read somewhere that the High Bridge (Bronx-Manhattan) would be opening, but that could have just been an idea.

mrnyc Jun 12, 2009 4:33 PM

high bridge would even more spectacular if they made it into a park like the high line. the views are stunning.

NYguy Jun 12, 2009 4:35 PM

Just can't wait to get up there...


Matthew McDermott

NYguy Jun 12, 2009 4:50 PM


Krases Jun 12, 2009 4:55 PM

Thanks for the map NYguy.

It looks pretty popular. Hopefully the entire area gets a nice development boost out of it later on. Now after that one mile long section is developed, is there anymore that can be developed later? I am looking at a map of it now on google earth and it looks like a short segment picks up again after the southern part ends.

NYguy Jun 12, 2009 5:03 PM


Originally Posted by Krases (Post 4302423)
Thanks for the map NYguy.

It looks pretty popular. Hopefully the entire area gets a nice development boost out of it later on. Now after that one mile long section is developed, is there anymore that can be developed later? I am looking at a map of it now on google earth and it looks like a short segment picks up again after the southern part ends.

The redevelopment of the High Line itself has made the area surrounding it one of the hottest (if not the hottest) areas for development in Manhattan. The next third is scheduled to be completed next year, and the final third is tied into the development of the Hudson Yards (the railyard development). That last third is what will tie the High Line into the Hudson River Park. That's the entirety of the High Line once that's completed.

mrnyc Jun 12, 2009 5:09 PM

night shots at last --- awesome!

NYguy Jun 12, 2009 5:13 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 4302458)
night shots at last --- awesome!

Isn't it? I think those hours need to be extended beyond 10 p.m.

NYguy Jun 13, 2009 4:14 AM

Because I can't get enough...


Krases Jun 13, 2009 4:54 AM

Its so cool. Like a boardwalk, New York style! I wonder what it will look like when that development starts. In ten years that whole coastline could have a huge amount of high-rise and skyscrapers.

JSsocal Jun 13, 2009 6:53 AM

^^^You say a development boost in the future, you mean larger then the one happening now? Besides this area doesn't need massive skyscrapers, it just wouldn't fit well in the area...

NYguy Jun 13, 2009 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by JSsocal (Post 4303814)
^^^You say a development boost in the future, you mean larger then the one happening now? Besides this area doesn't need massive skyscrapers, it just wouldn't fit well in the area...

Yeah, the only massive skyscrapers will be at the northern end, where the high line will wrap around the Hudson Yards railyard development. There are currently smaller highrises going up all around the High Line.

Inkdaub Jun 15, 2009 10:39 AM

This thing looks great. I'm really glad NYC went ahead and built this public space.

THE BIG APPLE Jun 16, 2009 3:25 AM

Offically finished. But why does everybody say that it competes with Central Park. It has views, and a little height but thats it. Central Park is a gem and a masterpiece that shouldn't be compared to a railline. But great reuse of the rail.

Surprised how many people go to it at night time.

NYguy Jun 16, 2009 6:55 AM

Ed Yourdon


NYguy Jun 16, 2009 2:48 PM

Manhattan's latest hot spot -- the new High Line Park -- will connect with a renovated office and retail building,
seen here in an artist's rendering.
June 16, 2009

COMING soon to the new High Line Park: A gleaming, 15-story boutique office and retail building through which the park literally passes.

Since the long-awaited elevated park between Gansevoort and West 20th streets opened last week, strollers have been awed by the Standard Hotel that straddles it, but baffled by the 103-foot-long tunnel at 14th Street topped by 11 stories of structural steel.

But CB Developers' 450 W. 14th St., officially the High Line Building, will start coming into focus next month when installation of curtain-wall glass is expected to start.

The tiny tower now under construction is a rare commercial breed. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects to LEEDS Gold standards, it will have a mere 78,000 square feet of office space on 10 new floors, two of which have already been leased to Helmut Lang.

The glass office floors will stand atop a landmarked, masonry base -- a former meat cold-storage facility -- containing 7,636 square feet of retail under a 23-foot-high ceiling, and over 4,000 square feet in the basement.

The park runs above the store section and beneath the offices.

It's "the only building that features a structure which is entirely integrated with that of the High Line," Adjmi said.

The office floors are being marketed by a Newmark Knight Frank team led by Brian Waterman. Asking rents run from the mid-$70s to the mid-$80s.

Winick's Lori Shabtai and Kelly Gedinsky are handling the retail, where the ground-floor "ask" is $300 a foot, "significantly less" than other retail nearby, Gedinsky said.

Until the park opened last week, it might have been hard for many to visualize.

Charles Blaichman, a CB principal, chuckled, "I think a lot of people didn't actually get it."

Winick's Gedinsky echoed, "It's hard for people to visualize something that does not exist."

But the park is already so popular, employees inside 450 W. 14th St. will have a lot of company.

arlekin_m Jun 16, 2009 5:11 PM

Amazing public space.

NYguy Jun 23, 2009 11:06 PM


NYguy Jun 25, 2009 4:13 PM

‘West Side Story’ Amid the Laundry
IMPROVISATION On a recent evening, Elizabeth Soychak performed jazz standards
from Patty Heffley’s West 20th Street fire escape, just yards away from the High Line park,
which Ms. Heffley has turned into the site of her ad-hoc Renegade Cabaret.

June 24, 2009

JUST after 9 p.m. on June 17, the third installment of the High Line Park Renegade Cabaret was held on Patty Heffley’s fourth-floor fire escape. There were colored lanterns, and a festive array of undergarments hung from the railings.

The Renegade Cabaret Ms. Heffley, 55, a former punk rock photographer, had staged a laundry “installation,” as she put it, to bolster the live performance she was hosting. Elizabeth Soychak, a jazz singer and professional organizer who gives her age as “permanently 39,” wore a 1950s moss green chiffon dress and waited while Ms. Heffley, in black, introduced her.

“This is in response to 31 years of obscurity,” Ms. Heffley announced from the fire escape. “Now, every day there are thousands of people looking in my window. We’re not here to celebrate, we’re here to exploit. Welcome to the Renegade Cabaret.” Then Ms. Soychak launched into an a cappella rendition of Johnny Mercer’s “Early Autumn.”

Location, as all New Yorkers know, is destiny, and Ms. Heffley is embracing hers with gusto.

Since 1978, she has been living in a West 20th Street loft, yards away from the elevated track-turned-park-and-public-works-darling known as the High Line. Though the High Line extends from Gansevoort Street north to West 34th, it has been planted and paved only as far north as 20th Street; a gate there bars people from walking farther, and visitors bottleneck at that point.

Furthermore, though the ambient lighting of the path was designed by the High Line’s architects, Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, to glow mistily from the meadow beds on either side of the walkway, the lights planted on top of the stairway exit were installed by contractors who happened to point the harsh white beams right at Ms. Heffley’s windows.

Like it or not, Ms. Heffley’s living room has become a stage, and her fire escape — her front porch — its proscenium arch.

MS. HEFFLEY, now a freelance multimedia consultant, moved to New York from Denver 31 years ago, eager to photograph Manhattan’s punk scene. She chose her apartment (rent, $360, now $841) because it was a place where she could make a lot of noise.

The High Line was an agreeable presence. At first, a single locomotive rumbled by once or twice a week, but that eventually stopped. Then weeds began to grow. Ms. Heffley always wanted to plant flowers, but never found a way. “I tried filling a water balloon with seeds,” she said. “But it’s farther than you think.”

Days before the park’s opening on June 9, Ms. Heffley called her friend Ms. Soychak and said: “I’ve got to do something. Can you sing a few songs?”

Opening night was magical, both agreed. Ms. Soychak performed two three-song “micro sets,” as she called them, to a warmly appreciative audience. By laundry day, however, Ms. Heffley was panicking. Her loft has a washing machine, but no dryer; for three decades, she’s used the fire escape.

“I realized I can’t go out in my get-up,” Ms. Heffley said, pulling out her typical laundry day attire: orange gingham boxers and a fuchsia nightie. “So I put on a red tutu, a red hoodie and sunglasses. I proceeded to put my laundry out as usual, but with the underwear at the back.”

Soon, she was staging the laundry: drying the real stuff late at night, and by day, hanging goofier items like ruffled panties and leopard prints. One day someone called to her from the path, “I hope you don’t lose your energy for the laundry.”

Ms. Heffley was uplifted by the encouragement. “I’ll be putting other kinds of stuff out there, too. I have lots of ideas.” The Cabaret now has a Facebook page, and a Web site is under construction.

AT last week’s performance, David Hausen and Rocky Ziegler, filmmakers out for an evening stroll, listened happily from a park bench. Mr. Hausen asked, “Do they take requests?”

Nearby, a man in a khaki vest was singing along. “I know what time it is now,” he warbled as Ms. Soychak performed a Rodgers and Hart classic.

At 10 p.m., closing time for the park and the cabaret, Ms. Heffley and Ms. Soychak bid the audience goodnight. “If you see the party patio lanterns lit,” Ms. Heffley told them, “you’ll know something is going to go on when it gets dark.”

Robert Hammond, a founder of the Friends of the High Line and a member of the audience, remarked, “This is what we wanted,” referring to the cabaret. “It is going to keep it wild more than that will,” he continued, pointing to a patch of wildflowers.

As for the lights that shine like kliegs into Ms. Heffley’s windows, he said ruefully, “We screwed up on those.” But he brightened when told that she had said they were good for a stage. The Renegade Cabaret, he said, “is born of a mistake, just like the park.”

RefreshEverything Jul 6, 2009 1:24 AM

High Line

Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 4302389)
Just can't wait to get up there...

These photos are amazing! In case anyone hasn't been able to visit the High Line in person, check-out to take a virtual tour, watch videos, and a ton more.

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