Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and Swimming Pools Part I

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[Robert Hammond, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Ritt Bjerregaard, Ric Scofidio, the Mayor for the Technical and Environmental Administration Klaus Bondam]

This morning, we took the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Ritt Bjerregaard and several Danish officials on a tour of High Line construction (you can see the recently re-installed tracks on either sides of the planking).

I love the Danes and their use of public space. The Copenhagen Harbour Bath is on my short list of swimming holes I want to visit.

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The Bath was built in 2002– the water in the Harbor is so clean they don’t even need to filter or chlorinate the water. Some Copenhageners now pack towels and swimwear in their briefcases. 

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This summer I hope to try our own local version: the Floating Pool that opened last summer. 

Stay tuned for more swimming pools– including one that was once proposed for the High Line!

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High Line Featured in NYT Editorial

For the very first time that we are aware of, the High Line was featured in a New York Times Editorial. In it, America’s paper of record challenges the City and Tishman Speyer to seize the opportunity provided by the development rights to the West Side Rail Yards and to do the right thing and “preserve all of the High Line, the 1.5-mile stretch of elevated railway that is being transformed into a green jewel of public space.”

There was considerable pride and a few tears as we read this unprecedented shout-out by the Times.

Read the editorial  on the Times site, or after the jump.

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