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NYguy Dec 27, 2006 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by SLC Projects (Post 2532996)
Lools like a cool looking project. I like how it's all outdoors or at least a outdoor feel. :yes:

Pretty much all outdoors, with a few indoor developments underneath. In that sense, its similar to what's planned for the FDR in Downtown Manhattan.

NYguy Jan 10, 2007 1:36 PM


Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 2530901)
NY Times

On the High Line, Solitude Is Pretty Crowded

Polshek Partnership’s project for a Standard Hotel.

A preliminary design for the garden, with one of its public stairways; above far right, Neil Denari’s cantilevered apartment house design.

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High Line Spinoff Update #1: Standard Hotel

This is here is the first evidence of André Balasz's marvelous Meatpacking ambition, his High Line-straddling Standard Hotel. Photos taken from Washington Street and the parking lot on the western side of the construction site; it's certainly one of the—er, odder—early construction scenes we've ever seen. Then again, the building design by Polshek Partnership seems to be an odd beast itself. To be honest, we're still not entirely sure what this thing is going to look like; the version of the design that made the rounds again in December is straight ahead. Be mildly afraid.

trvlr70 Jan 10, 2007 2:28 PM

This is a spectacular neo-urban project. I give kudos to NYC residents and preservationists who worked so hard to get this going. I can't wait to witness the progress.

It's both unique and cool.

ComandanteCero Jan 13, 2007 6:09 AM

High Line redevelopment = :cheers:

Standard Hotel = :no:

architect1 Jan 14, 2007 3:32 AM

Wow some amazing photos and amazing Projectrs. That be cool if they did that with Toronto's Donvally. but its in use and well it don't look like anything is going to change.

Riise Jan 17, 2007 6:46 AM

This is one of the best as well as most interesting projects I've seen in a while. I'm a little disappointed that I haven't, yet, visited the Promenade Plantée. Now that I know about I'll be sure to check it out the next time I'm in Paris.

Zephyr Jan 23, 2007 2:50 PM

Thanks for the photos and updates NYguy! I look forward to visiting this next time I am in NYC.

kenratboy Jan 26, 2007 6:04 AM

Its projects like these that make a city special. Hope everything works out well!

NYguy Feb 2, 2007 8:23 PM

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High Line Update: People Smiling, Paint Drying

When the latest Friends of the High Line update came through with an announcement that we could "have our portrait taken as part of the High Line Portrait Project," we got pretty geeked. Finally, us commoners could get up on those rails and see what all the fuss is about—and take home a souvenir! But something didn't seem right about those photos. The elderly and dogs risking twisted ankles to get up there? Sure enough, upon closer inspection, you can actually get your portrait taken in front of a High Line backdrop. Ah well.

As far as a real High Line update (sorry, that photo thing really did bum us out), the email also included that as well. While the campaign to save the West Side Rail Yards portion of the High Line goes on, construction continues on the so-called Section 1. Sandblasting, painting and structural repairs are in full gear, and this prep work is expected to be complete in the summer. Then comes some landscape work and the building of more access points. Then comes our secret keg party that you'll all totally be invited to.


NYguy Feb 10, 2007 2:02 PM

Interior Design

New York’s High Line Is on the Up and Up
Events will be held this month supporting the project.

by Staff
Interior Design · February 9, 2007

New York’s Diller, Scofidio + Renfro-designed High Line park project is steadily moving forward on schedule. Currently, the 1.5 mile-long track, an abandoned railway that runs from the Meatpacking District through West Chelsea to the Hudson Yards, is still in its site preparation phase. Approximately half of the park’s Section 1 has been sandblasted and painted with a primer coat. A final coat has already been applied to the section of the trail between 17th and 18th Streets, providing a glimpse as to how the completed project will appear.

Additional prep work includes repairs such as removing concrete from the bases of columns and replacing rusted rivets. Other ongoing work involves installing a new underside drainage system and sloped pieces of metal to deter birds from roosting. Site prep work is expected to be completed this summer; construction of the new park landscape and access points will follow.

The High Line was acquired by New York City in November 2005; groundbreaking on the project began last March. The first section is expected to open to the public in 2008. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for the High Line includes a series of gardens in the form of pits, plains, bridges, mounds, ramps, and flyovers.

One snafu in the plan: The advisory group Friends of the High Line (FHL) has not yet secured the portion of the rail at the West Side Rail Yards from demolition. This section of the High Line represents 31 percent of the total park and is a “critical link” in the open space network connecting Hudson River Park and the neighborhoods of the West Side, according to FHL.

Upcoming High Line Events

A new FHL project will create and publicly exhibit portraits of the park’s supporters. Using a backdrop, photographer Tom Kletecka will photograph supporters; a select number of portraits will then be displayed around the High Line neighborhoods, mounted to the construction fencing. Portraits will also be archived online. Photographs will be taken on February 9 from 12pm-6pm at the FHL office (430 West 14th Street, Suite 304), February 22 from 12pm-6pm at the Public corridor at Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Avenue), and March 31 from 12pm-3pm at the Hudson Guild's Dan Carpenter Room (441 West 26th Street, 2nd floor). Participants should RSVP by email to

On February 25 at 1pm, supporters of FHL can join in a tour of The Armory Show, the International Fair of New Art devoted exclusively to contemporary pieces. The ninth annual exhibition, to be held at Pier 94, will feature 148 international galleries. Participants must pay a $10 entry fee to the show (a $10 savings) and should RSVP by email to

NYguy Feb 13, 2007 1:22 PM

February 12, 2007

With Diane Von Furstenberg Involved, You Already Knew This Thing Was Going To Be Pretty Special...

Our former (Bigmouth's current) girl roommate was nice enough to bring us on a v. special VIP tour of the High Line yesterday. For those of you who never noticed, the High Line is that elevated rail line in Chelsea that you looked at when you used to wait on line at the Roxy that will soon be a fabulous public space in the sky, lined by sleek buildings by way famous architects. We trekked on said rail line from 34th street and 11th all the way to Gansevoort street, and got a pretty amazing view of both the City and the incredibly H-O-T co-founder of Friends of the High Line. (Call us!)

Also, any doubts that this park is going to be the gayest thing since the Christopher Street piers were put to rest yesterday, as it became clear that we have already staked our claim. Behold:

Yes, that is an Anderson Cooper billboard ATTACHED to the High Line.


NYguy Mar 5, 2007 8:05 PM

The Villager
February 28 - March 6, 2007

‘Park in sky’ really taking off, to open next year

By Joshua David

You can see a lot of activity up on the High Line these days, especially as you walk near Section 1, between Gansevoort and W. 20th Sts., projected to open to the public in 2008. The most visible work is the sandblasting and priming of the steel structure, which takes place in sealed containment units.

About 60 percent of the site preparation, which also includes concrete and steel repair and an overhaul of the underside drainage system, has been completed. Contractors will begin building the park landscape, including walkways, plantings, access points and lighting, this summer.

In addition, construction will soon begin on Section 2 (20th to 30th Sts.). As with Section 1, this will start with a process in which soil, plant matter, gravel ballast, concrete and steel equipment will be removed from the rail bed. The steel railroad tracks will be lifted, tagged and stored, allowing for their integration into the High Line landscape.

Many people deserve credit for the tremendous momentum behind the High Line’s transformation, beginning with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration, specifically Adrian Benepe, the Parks Department commissioner, and Amanda Burden, the City Planning Commission chairperson. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton and Representative Jerrold Nadler have also provided visionary leadership and brought much-needed public funding. All the members of High Line design, contractor and city teams have devoted thousands of hours of hard work to help build this great new public park.

Friends of the High Line continues its evolution from an advocacy group to a conservancy. Presently, F.H.L. is raising crucial funding for the construction of Section 2. In coming months, we will continue fundraising to bring private support to capital construction costs and maintenance and operations of the park for when it opens. We’re also planning a full schedule of public programs and events. For more information about our programs and to receive regular construction updates, please visit and sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter.

David is co-founder, Friends of the High Line.

Lecom Mar 5, 2007 8:16 PM

Great to see things moving along.

I also noticed that quite a few construction projects right by the High Line are progressing well.

NYguy Mar 28, 2007 1:12 PM


High Line Park Spurs Remaking Of Formerly Grotty Chelsea

By John Koblin

The mission of the High Line, the future park that will rest on an elevated train platform slicing across 22 Manhattan blocks, is to slow down. The park’s designers want the experience of it to be meditative, a break from hustling urban life.

But just beyond its limits—which stretch only as wide as the skinny platform, at 30 to 60 feet—there is a frenzied contrast. Up and down the High Line’s mile-and-a-half stretch, dozens of sites are readying for construction.

At least 27 projects—mostly luxury condos and hotels—are in various stages of development: Some are being constructed, others have just broken ground, and a few are in the design stages. And many more are expected.

All of the projects will have an intimate relationship with the park: Some buildings will have private access points that lead to walkways into the park; three will actually have the High Line tucked inside the buildings; many will loom over the park, with high-end retailers serving as a backdrop; and all will be capitalizing on a rare chance to develop directly next to—or, in some cases, within—Manhattan’s newest public park.

“I think it’s remarkable,” said Andre Balazs, whose two developments both have the High Line running through them. “It’s like having a building in Central Park.”

Many of the planned buildings include a ridiculously well-muscled list of architects: Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano and Annabelle Selldorf, just to name a few. The formerly hardscrabble part of West Chelsea, already on its way out, will soon be no more.

“Every parking lot and every derelict building in that neighborhood will be redeveloped,” said Ron Solarz, a broker at Eastern Consolidated, which is representing at least three sites in the area. “It will be all hotels, condos, rentals and restaurants with super-high-level users.”

But what will it mean when it’s all added up? The architects, the developers and, ultimately, the new dwellers have the chance to influence something so routine, yet so hard to achieve in New York: reorienting the identity of a neighborhood.

And who exactly are these people clamoring to move into the new West Chelsea?

ON MARCH 22, A NEW LUXURY CONDO named the Chelsea Modern, located on 18th Street off 10th Avenue, held a launch party. Prices for each of the 47 condos starts at $1 million. The party’s high-wattage attendees included Ivanka Trump, Spanish supermodel Eugenia Silva, and socialites Emma Snowdon Jones and Tracy Stern.

Matthew Betmaleck, a 39-year-old who owns his own fashion-photography company, spent $1.25 million on his unit in the building. He said the building’s proximity to the High Line is why he bought in.

“It’s Manhattan, so outdoor space is at a prime,” he said, wearing glasses with a Club Monaco scarf wrapped around his blazer. “If you live on the Upper East Side or the Upper West Side, Central Park is at your front door. Right now, I live on Bank and Washington, so I go to the West Side Highway all the time for rides or to walk my dog, and I think it’ll be the same thing at the High Line. It’ll be a destination, and people will come and check it out and say, ‘Wow! What’s that? I wanna see it.’ But I think ultimately the people who live here will be the people who use it.”

Greg Casto, a 26-year-old working in public relations, hopes to move into one of these shiny new condos when he can afford it. That’s because West Chelsea defines what Chelsea means to him already.

“Chelsea is becoming a very focused, very smart community,” he said. “That’s what you’re seeing here—not only in living arrangements, but in shops and restaurants, too. Everything that is around Chelsea is becoming very sexy and very sophisticated. And that’s the key message everyone is bringing to Chelsea: smart and sexy.”

He said he’s lived in New York for nine months.

The High Line streaks from Gansevoort Street in the meatpacking district to 34th Street. The entire train platform, which is made out of a very 1930’s combo of steel and reinforced concrete, will become a park, except for the portion between 30th and 34th streets that’s shaped like a sideways J—the city is still figuring out what to do with that section.

The park is scheduled to open in the summer of 2008, with a projected cost of $165 million. The city has raised $85 million, the federal government has given $22 million, and private funding has raised more than $17 million. The Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit arm that has pushed this project forward, has launched a campaign to raise an additional $40 million.

“I’m very excited about the project,” Congressman Jerry Nadler told The Observer. He took a tour of the High Line in 2005 with Senator Hillary Clinton and City Councilwoman (now Speaker) Christine Quinn to boost support for its redesign. “It certainly says something about the power of the West Side.”

The park, designed by Field Operations and Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, is unique in that it will be open around the same time as the dozens of luxury developments skirting it.

IT'S THIS LUXURY, WHICH LITERALLY OVERSHADOWS a park birthed through hefty public support, that raises the question: Will the High Line become a stylized playground for the rich only?

The Friends of the High Line loudly say no.

“We care passionately about this being a place for all people in the neighborhood and all New Yorkers,” said Joshua David, who co-founded Friends of the High Line in 1999. “And if there are some expensive buildings in the High Line neighborhood, then that’s true of neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. But this remains an incredibly diverse neighborhood, and we’re committed to its diversity.”

At the least, the people who move into these condos will have a comfy lifestyle. Mr. Balazs’ 14th Street High Line Building, for instance, will actually include the High Line, even though the Parks Department will still manage the part that’s inside. Mr. Balazs described the 15-story property as a “private club” that will be for “members only,” who will buy into the building and rent out rooms as a hotel.

According to one source, the High Line Building may also ask the city for a private entrance from the building that leads to a passage to the park—in essence, a direct passage from the building to the park itself. Connection to the park, said developer Charles Bendit, will be a main selling point for all landlords who can get access to it.

“It’s like living two houses off Central Park, and you have access to the park right around the corner,” he said. “You will have the same benefit here.”

Several more developers are expected to make a request for this sort of private entrance once their buildings come closer to completion, the source said.

The one building that has made the request is the Caledonia, which is owned by Mr. Bendit’s Taconic Investment Partners and mega-developer the Related Companies. The tower’s approximately 185 luxury condos are sold out, Mr. Bendit said. The building has already signed Equinox, which will have a second-floor view that will overlook the High Line.

Mr. Bendit said he expects other developers to follow suit—to bring in high-end retailers to overlook the High Line from their second- or third-story windows. Even if there aren’t direct connections to the stores themselves, if a person strolling in the park has a wandering eye for the Bed Bath & Beyond right next-door, then he can shuffle down the High Line’s stairs and buy that shower curtain he always wanted at a moment’s notice.

Naturally, the marketing machines are already moving with a swift pace. High Line 519, a condo being constructed on 23rd Street, markets its units as a “fusion of contemporary architecture, European opulence and raw Chelsea charm.”

But what exactly is “raw Chelsea charm”? Does it recall the authenticity of Chelsea and the meatpacking district in the 1970’s and 1980’s, when S&M and gay leather bars like the Eagle, the Mineshaft and the Lure pervaded the area? Or is it the gritty urban setting that’s currently in its last throes?

Whatever the appeal, it’s now being smoothed over with that burnished architecture. The New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff recently called Mr. Gehry’s development, between 18th and 19th streets near the High Line, a strong—if safe—project and lavishly praised a stairwell in the building, saying it might be the city’s best.

Indeed, it’s projects like Mr. Gehry’s that make for few, if any, detractors of the re-imagined West Chelsea. Even classic naysayers for most projects, like Florent Morellet, the owner of the meatpacking mainstay diner Florent, approve of it.

“I believe the change is positive,” he said. “You have to live with change. When I took over the restaurant, there were people who moved in the neighborhood in the 1970’s, and people said, ‘That’s it. It’s gentrification; it’s over.’ Then more moved in during the 80’s, and they thought it was the end, and the same in the 90’s. Every month, someone says to me the neighborhood is finished.”

So with a new element about to wind its way through the area, there’s naturally one thing to do: plan a big party. Even though the High Line is more than a year away from opening, tickets are on sale on March 30 for the official H&M-sponsored High Line Festival to help raise additional funds for Friends of the High Line. The party will be in May, though it won’t take place on the High Line, since it’s still illegal to enter it. But that’s beside the point.

For a project and an area that places such a premium on famous luminaries like Mr. Gehry and Mr. Nouvel, this event fits the bill. The famous gay party planner, Josh Wood, and Broadway producer David Binder are organizing it. David Bowie will curate the festival. High-profile artists like Laurie Anderson and Arcade Fire are among those that will perform.

Of course, the H&M-sponsored event, which will also get some sponsorship help from Garnier, Jet Blue and Grolsch, looks a lot like the High Line and all the developments around it—a little edgy, but something that is definitely established.

Mark Wellborn contributed reporting to this story.

Goody Mar 28, 2007 8:59 PM

dude this nuts.. why havent I heard of it?

NYguy Mar 28, 2007 9:02 PM


Originally Posted by Goody (Post 2725497)
dude this nuts.. why havent I heard of it?

Most people in New York probably haven't heard of it. But, I'm guessing once it opens, that will change in a hurry.

John F Mar 29, 2007 10:15 PM

I've talked to my parents and aunt about this. These people grew up and around New York (Queens actually) and didn't even know what the High Line was.

Jularc Mar 29, 2007 10:29 PM


Originally Posted by John F (Post 2728711)
I've talked to my parents and aunt about this. These people grew up and around New York (Queens actually) and didn't even know what the High Line was.

Yeah New York City is so big that people in one area don't really know too much of another area and find themselves surprice when they see something new and different.

John F Mar 29, 2007 10:58 PM

Well, the High Line in general is old. It's redevelopment is new. But I get your point.

NYguy Apr 5, 2007 12:30 PM

Check out this old proposal and other older images of the High Line from:

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