“One of the most thoughtful, sensitively designed public spaces built in New York in years.”

The New York Times architecture review is in, and calling the piece — by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff — a rave would be no exaggeration. Ouroussoff describes his walk on the High Line as a linear narrative made of a series of episodes, with the careful balance of landscape elements serving to tie the design together:

“A subtle play between contemporary and historical design, industrial decay and natural beauty sets the tone. The surface of the deck, for example, is made of concrete planks meant to echo the linearity of the old tracks. The path slips left and right as it advances, so that at some points you are right up against the edge of the railing and at others you are enveloped in the gardens.”

“On High, a Fresh Outlook” New York Times

See the post below for some other reactions in the press to this week’s Section 1 opening.

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4 Responses

  1. This park is supposed to be rich in New York City history, but decades worth of historic graffiti art was painted over just weeks before the opening of the Highline Park for absolutely no reason. It really is a shame that the art that made this place so beautiful was destroyed.

    I am also not a fan of the natural state of the Highline being changed. The Highline was a wild and beautiful place before the park was built. Weeds and trees and grasses grew out of the ground. It was like being on train tracks in the country, but above New York instead. It really is a shame that the nature was destroyed just to make a modern looking park for yuppies and tourists.

    • Dude, insurance issues alone would be an issue, otherwise it’s just an overgrown plot of land with old traintracks. There’s plenty of places still in NYC that have graffiti and old train tracks. Get over yourself, you’re not a better person than “yuppies and tourists”, the people that pay more into the NYC economy that you bitch about. I’m from here, and grew up in the 80s when NYC was an ugly wreck, so don’t whine about the city losing it’s edge or something when I honestly doubt you have no idea what it is to be like. Get a life.

  2. Perhaps you can answer a couple of questions I have, regarding the High Line (?):

    Is it accessible 24 hours a day? If not, what hours can it be visited?

    Are dogs allowed?

    Thanks, can’t find this info elsewhere–

  3. Open 7am – 10pm, no dogs.
    I’ve heard they will be “politely” asking people to leave when the park is at capacity. Does this mean someone will be watching and timing us? More likely they’ll pick on the non yuppies & tourists. Not much fun either way. Maybe it will be ok on off hours.

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