Back in 2000, in the dawning hours of Friends of the High Line, co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David asked noted photographer Joel Sternfeld to walk the High Line to take photographs. The pictures Joel took in the subsequent seasons chronicled the allure and natural grace of the High Line, and played a crucial role in alerting the public to the potential of what many saw from below as abandoned ruins. Adam Gopnik wrote about Joel in the May 21st, 2001 issue of the New Yorker:
[A mound of subsoil has been deposited in the future planting bed, and spread under the re-installed railroad tracks. Click all photos to enlarge.]
In preparation for the arrival of plants later this fall, a layer of subsoil has just been delivered to the High Line above 19th Street. This soil, part of the High Line’s layered Living Roof system, will serve as a base for the topsoil in which plants will eventually grow. Subsoil is coarser and typically contains more clay than the finer, more nutrient-rich topsoil.
Once both layers of soil are in place in the planting beds, they will be covered over to keep them from blowing away before plants are ready.
[Photo by the endlessly talented Tim Schenck]
It’s ridiculously hot today. Of course, on the High Line construction site, that just means things are a little sexier than usual.
I was cleaning out photos on my cell phone and found this picture of a bird skeleton on the balast at the rail yards.
Actually, there are few pigeons, and virtually no rats or mice on the High Line. The reason? There are no people up there to feed them garbage.
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Summer is just around the corner, or so this 80-degree day would have us believe. Above, sunset at the rail yards, last summer. It’s hard to beat that golden light filtering through the smog over New Jersey.
[West 17th Street at 10th Avenue, looking west.]
In some ways, Chelsea in 1986 in not so different from what it is today. Sure, the neighborhood has changed and evolved in many ways, but it has also remained a diverse community of people, activities, and uses. The preservation and reuse of High Line adds another interesting element to the rich history of Chelsea and when Section 1 of the High Line opens later this year, the neighborhood will evolve yet again. Photos courtesy Department of City Planning.
[9th Avenue, looking north.] Click to see more photos. (more…)
The photo was made in 2005 from a set of sandwiched negatives – one black and white negative from 13th Street and 8th Avenue combined with a color negative of the High Line. Joana was walking through the West Village on the way to the West Side Highway and snapped both photos.
You can see more of her sandwiched images here.
Many thanks to Joana for the use of this great image of the High Line!
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Another rainy day up on the Line. Raindrops (and abandoned flip flops) found their way into one of the test pits dug on the High Line before construction began. This shot is from 2005.
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