New Yorker: High Line Tops 2009 Architecture List

Other notables on this (mostly New York-based) list include Thom Mayne’s 41 Cooper Square, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, another Diller Scofidio + Renfro project.
In a way, this mention brings the High Line  full-circle. Adam Gopnik’s 2001 New Yorker piece, “A Walk on the High Line”, the story of photographer Joel Sternfeld’s year-long effort to capture the High Line’s wild landscape in all seasons, was responsible for much early public awareness of and support for the High Line project. You can read that article here. [PDF]

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3% of the Out 100

Here’s a nice one for the High Line’s trophy case. Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, along with architect Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, were honored with inclusion in Out Magazine’s annual Out 100, joining the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Wanda Sykes and Tony Kushner, among others.

The honorees were photographed by Jason Bell on the High Line as “the Young Botanists”, fitting with the spread’s “Class of 2009” theme, a chic and cheeky nod to high school cliques.

The Young Botanists [Out 100]

Village Voice: High Line is Best New Public Space

Village Voice: Best New Public Space

Hot off the presses is this year’s Village Voice Best of NYC. In it, the Voice gives the High Line a big shout-out by naming it the “Best New Public Space” of 2009, calling the park “quite possibly the most relaxing spot in the city.”

This distinction puts the High Line in the illustrious company of the likes of The Guggenheim (best after hours museum), Doyers Street (best make-out spot) and Hunan House (best fish heads).

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The High Line on the BBC

BBC Correspondent Jonathan Marcus was in New York a couple of weeks ago, and took a walk on the High Line with Robert.

He produced a 5-minute “From Our Own Correspondent” piece on the High Line, which was broadcast in the UK last week, and will be on the World Service in the coming days.

Besides the fact that it’s about the High Line, we love the simple, narrative format of this series — it’s reminiscent of the BBC’s beloved “Letter from America,” which was the longest running show in radio history. It’s thoughtful,  well-paced and unhurried — like a stroll in the park.

Listen to the piece

Read the text version

Even The New Yorker Knows The High Line is a Babe Magnet

Photo by Brian Finke

Photo by Brian Finke

The “Goings on About Town” photo in this week’s New Yorker featured a familiar sight to anyone who’s strolled the High Line on a hot day.  The Sundeck’s lounge chairs — both rolling and stationary — have become a veritable Mecca for sunbathers.

For those who remember the early iterations of the High Line’s design, the photo also reminds us of something…

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NYT Most-emailed: The High Line’s “small town in the air”

New York Times: July 22, 2009

Today, a new accolade! For the first time, an article about the High Line made it to the “most-emailed” list on the New York Times web site.

The article, called “The High Line: A Railway Out of Manhattan”, captures the special atmosphere up on the line– “almost a small town in the air… It even inspires crusty New Yorkers to behave as if they were strolling down Main Street.”

As a park visitor explained in the article:  “Here people tend to be more friendly… Those same people, you might see them someplace else and, you know,” she broke off, raising her eyebrows, “they’re kind of stressed.”

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Ribbon Cut: High Line Open!

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Ribbon cutting ceremony with children from P.S. 11. Photo courtesy of Spencer Tucker, Office of the Mayor