High Line Cinema
November 25, 2009 § 33 Comments
Until 1929, trains crisscrossed with street traffic on Manhattan’s west side. Right around the 10th and the 11th Avenues along the Meatpacking district, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Then, the High Line railway route was laid down…right above these streets, to help prevent frequently occurring accidents and unclog traffic jams.
More than 70 years later, and many years past the last train ran through it, the City took over this abandoned railroad and transformed it into a commendable walkway park: landscaped, spruced up and open to public access.
(Currently operating only up to 20th street, it is scheduled to snake its way into Hell’s Kitchen next year)
Lovers of urban decay were certainly not happy. This was a like a shiny new car, reproduced and regurgitated in place of the sputtering vintage they adored. On the other hand, it offers some undeniable perks to the practical local or the tourist round the block.
The High Line park not only provides you a viewing of a very interesting piece of landscape work (marrying the remains of railway tracks with tended plantation, wooden benches, chairs and more), it also opens its doors to safe public access and great views of the city’s breathtaking west side ( hard to come by down in the cobblestone streets).
Peek into the choking streets down there, people watch from a vantage point, gaze right into the setting sun on the other side. Sprawl on a lawn chair, read a book. Watch locals and tourists gazing at cityscape alike. No where else do they co-exist so blatantly.
Here we go now…some interesting moods to share with you. Shot while walking the High Line and exiting it. This is what sums up my POV that lovely Fall afternoon:
And a few whimsical ones, that caught my wandering eye…
And if you are curious, check out more at the official High Line website.
– The Juicer at work