“No doubt you will ruin it.”


This is one of my favorite comments cards from our 2003 Ideas Competition. I’ve kept on my desk since then.


2 Responses

  1. To the head staff of the High Line Project:

    You know something….I agree with that short and simple note which says,


    So it struck me as strange that the very people who acted so amazed to discover mother nature’s reclaimed land on the abandoned structure turned out to be the very ones directly destroying her handywork.

    If I remember correctly, the primary reason the originators of the High Line Project wanted to “save” the structure from demolition was to protect the beautiful growth that had blown onto the structure from across the river and took root there. Now, these same people have done the very thing they supposedly despise so much – manipulate nature to suit their own will.

    I find this ironic. Would it have been so hard to just preserve the structure itself but leave the natural growth for everyone to enjoy? Although I find the High Line’s “preservation” a great idea, I don’t see the same kind of wonder in a man-made manipulation. I guess you wouldn’t get the same kind of personal recognition or credit from peers for just letting mother nature take its course.

    Since the head people of the High Line project took to demolishing the natural wonderment along the bridge anyway, I think they might as well have promoted the rollercoaster idea.

    Charles Sternaimolo

  2. Hi, it’s me…again.

    I just want to add something to my previous post.
    I love what you guys are doing at the High Line. I am a passionate supporter of the restoration project. I must have been in a bad mood that day I wrote the above post. Although I do think it is ironic that the very people who were so amazed at the natural growth on the High Line are the very ones taking it away, I do understand why it has to be done. I find it admirable that a small group of people have been able to gain the upper hand against careless developers who would have been happy to just tear down this wonderful structure. I get upset every time I think of what was allowed to happen to the original Penn Station and I am so happy that some New Yorkers took the time to stand up and save the High Line from a similar fate.

    I am an adult full-time student of photography and often think about getting permission to take some shots of the High Line restoration progress. I live near Boston so it’s hard for me to get involved with the project directly, but I keep up with the progress with each newsletter sent to my inbox. I have viewed everything on YouTube related to the project and I am constantly amazed at how much progress has been made.

    I just want you to know that I really didn’t mean to criticize the High Line project founders and crew as I feel that it is an important structure for NYC and it’s people. I don’t know what else to say except I am sorry for my earlier rant. I hope you understood the point I was trying to make and didn’t take it too personally.

    Charles Sternaimolo

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