Posted on July 7, 2008 by Katie Lorah
Trains stopped running on the High Line in 1980, but it turns out the party was far from over. We direct you to the amazing Art of Noise video for the 1984 single “Close (To the Edit).”
Marvel as a mulleted demon child and team of highwater-wearing accomplices deconstruct and set fire to a grand piano and other instruments. The elevated loading dock of the former Cudahy Meatpacking Plant makes an ideal dystopia for avant-garde showboating.
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Posted on June 25, 2008 by Danya Sherman
The High Line is well on its way to becoming New York’s first park in the sky, with plants taking root in late summer and the first section on schedule to open by the end of 2008. Keep up to date with the High Line’s progress here on the Blog, written by Friends of the High Line’s staff members:
Our new Design Video, produced by Brooklyn Digital Foundry, and made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.
Slide show of Sections 1 and 2 Design
Designing the High Line, our brand new design publication is now for sale on Amazon.com
Site Photography: Planking Installation
Action-Packed Construction Update
Photo of the Week: Peel-Up Benches
History Video, Narrated by Ethan Hawke
Westbeth High Line Section
Chalk Shoes to the High Line
Florent: Don’t Cry for Me
Field Ops to Design the Country’s Largest Urban Park
Student-Run Farmer’s Market at PS 11 in Chelsea
And last but not least, the High Line’s favorite compatriot:
David Beckham Bears All for the High Line, “Parts” 1 and 2
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Posted on June 2, 2008 by Katie Lorah
A good concise history of the High Line, from the days of Death Avenue to Friends of the High Line’s preservation efforts. Ethan Hawke narrated this video for us, and Matt Wolf produced it.
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Posted on April 7, 2008 by Katie Lorah
Our friend Matt Wolf, a talented filmmaker who’s produced several short videos about the High Line, makes the New York debut of his first feature-length film, “Wild Combination“, at the Kitchen on May 15. Matt’s film was an Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
The film will show as part of a series of film and music celebrating avant-garde musician Arthur Russell, a first-generation Kitchen artist. This one is not to be missed. Tickets are now available for two screenings. [www.ticketweb.com]
Visit the film’s site for more info, stills and clips.
From the synopsis:
WILD COMBINATION is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur’s work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story.
Some of Matt’s High Line shorts are on YouTube, including the 2007 High Line Portrait Project, and the 2007 Summer Benefit.
Matt’s now at work on a video about the High Line’s history, narrated by Ethan Hawke. Stay tuned.
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Posted on March 4, 2008 by Katie Lorah
Crain’s came out with their annual 40 Under 40 list yesterday, and the High Line’s own Robert Hammond made the cut.
He’s profiled on the site with a quick video (and enough studio photos to turn heads over at the Daily Intelligencer.)
Robert Hammond, 38 [Crain's 40 Under 40]
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Posted on February 20, 2008 by Katie Lorah
In one of the greatest movie openings of all time, Woody Allen’s Manhattan features shots of his noble but down-at-the-heels city unfolding to the swooping score of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Allen’s own signature writerly futzing.
The whole thing is worth watching, of course, but pay special attention to seconds 22 through 26.
The shadowy High Line looms large, helping set the tone for a 1979 Manhattan “that existed only in black and white.” Seems like the High Line was a bit of a character actor, playing grit the best a rusted bitch knows how. See earlier: Pat Benatar Rocks the Line.
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Posted on February 14, 2008 by rickatthehighline
In what is an eerily near-perfect re-telling of my own coming-to-New York story, Pat Benatar’s Love Is A Battlefield video tells the story of a runaway from small-town America, who, against all odds, fights her way through the grime-ridden dive bars of New York’s oily, leather-clad underbelly, to end up dancing in the streets (where else?) under the High Line!
In the final scenes of the video, Our Lady of Rock and her gang of lycra-clad she-beasts tear up West 33rd Street as the sun sets on the High Line behind them. (The West Side Rail Yards is a battlefield too.)
Please take 5 minutes and 17 seconds out of your day to marvel at the awesomeness that is Pat Benatar:
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Posted on February 4, 2008 by Katie Lorah
The NBC real estate show Open House NYC covered the High Line’s transformation in a segment on its Sunday morning broadcast. It features co-Founder Robert Hammond and City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden. (A 15-second ad plays before the video.)
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