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Friday, July 8, 2011

NYC Dirt - Manhattan's High Line

During this new urban adventure of mine I have been doing a little research. What are other urban areas doing with their patch of dirt? What can be created from a place/building/structure no longer being utilized in its original capacity. Today I find:

"The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

"When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through West Side neighborhoods. It features an integrated landscape, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park."

This is a "park" and it does have rules which include the usual: no littering, solicitation, etc. and feeding birds or squirrels.

Birdhouses are allowed. This art by sarah sze.

"Conceived for the section 2 of the high line is 'still life with landscape (model for a habitat)', a sculptural installation that explores the notion of urban construction, scientific models, and the relationship between materials and open space. The site-specific work highlights the open trajectory of the high line by visually delineating the concept of growth and development."

Like any good project, it has a blog. High Line Blog

A little while later I found this article: Bringing the High Line Back to Earth

1 comment:

  1. Very cool and of course I love the birdhouse art!!!!