2008 in the Headlines

newsiesIt’s been a great year for the High Line in the news. In no particular order, here are some highlights:

A Dash of Crystalline Water Ice

That time of year is upon us (winter, that is)– and much more officially so, now that we’ve received our first significant snowfall of the season– and the High Line, mythical as it might seem, is no less affected than the rest of New York City by a fresh blanket of everyone’s favorite type of precipitation. Many of New York’s most famous street scenes and landmarks are transformed by snow, making them symbols of New York City in winter. Judging by the effect of last Friday’s snow on the High Line, we’re eager to see the High Line join the likes of Central Park, Radio City Music Hall and the Empire State Building in the ranks of New York City landmarks that are altered spectacularly in the winter to become memorable and historic parts of the New York City landscape.

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Happy Holidays from the High Line.

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[Section 2 of the High Line near 29th Street in Winter 2007.  Before construction began on this area, a High Line neighbor would decorate this tree every winter.  ]

Vote for the High Line District!

Curbed.com is running it’s annual Curbed Cup and this year they are focusing on the year’s most newsworthy microneighborhoods.   The High Line District made the 1st round — and we’re up against Hudson Square near Soho (?).

Vote for the High Line District!

History Lesson, Pt. 1: The Westbeth Artists Community

While the High Line itself is rich with its own unique and storied history, it is also part of the larger historical context of the city it has called home for over a century. In this recurring series, we hope to rediscover the High Line by taking a look at some of the important historical locations in the surrounding area.

westbeth_small1Built between 1880 and 1900, The Westbeth Artists Community is located at 463 West Street. From 1898 to 1966 it functioned as a laboratory for the Bell Telephone company, when it served as America’s largest industrial research lab. Many major technological inventions and innovations in the field of telecommunications trace its origins to the lab, including the first experimental talking movie, radar, the first phonograph record, and black and white and color television, an invention of particular significance for fans of such fine modern television programming as The Jerry Springer Show and Baywatch. The site was even home to part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Continue reading

“Designing the High Line: Part 2.” Gansevoort Plaza and Stair.

At the corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, the High Line’s southern terminus marks one of the parks major access points and gathering spaces. This corner is also the future location of the Whitney Museum of American Art. A paved, street-level public plaza will act as a meeting and orientation point for visitors to learn more about the High Line and will also house a small concessions area. An opening cut into the structure of the High Line allows for a steel and aluminum stair, supported by a stainless-steel rod hanger system, to gently touch the plaza level. The stair invites visitors to ascend from the busy street below to the elevated landscape on the High Line. While on the stairs, visitors pass between existing six-foot high beams, giving one a better understanding of the High Line’s robust structure.

A few weeks ago, the High Line’s signature “slow stairs” were delivered and installed. See a few of the images below:birds-eye

[Birds-eye view of the stair installation. Click to enlarge.]

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[Stair installed at the southern-most access point at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Click to enlarge.]

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Matching Gift Challenge from Edward Norton

edward-headshot-smallFriends of the High Line Board Member Edward Norton has pledged to match every gift made in December, up to $100,000, with a gift to support the construction of the High Line. 

Make a year-end donation to Friends of the High Line and your money will work twice as hard for the High Line!

 You will be helping to support the operations and maintenance of the High Line in its first year as a public park,  And now, thanks to Edward’s generous support, your gift will help fund construction of key design features, like the Woodland Flyover and the 30th Street Cut-Out.  

To see a slideshow of some of these exciting designs, many of which will not be built without private support, click here.

Photo by Glen Wilson.

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