Monday, July 13, 2009

High Line photos from NYC

Warning: lots of photos in this post. I promised yesterday that I’d post a few photos of my trip to see the High Line, a new elevated park in New York City. I hope I didn’t go overboard.

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The High Line was built in the 1930’s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. The project gained the City’s support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, created the High Line’s public landscape with guidance from a diverse community of High Line supporters. Construction on the park began in 2006. The first section, from Ganesvoort Street to 20th Street, opened in June 2009.

~Taken from “High Line History” on the [High Line official site].

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I couldn’t help the last shot.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends. Until tomorrow, then . . .

29 comments:

Sharon said...

That's a cool park, nice shots!

I like fireman too. ;)

tj said...

...GACK!LOL...You kill me! Postin' that fireman photo again...lol Thanks for that by the way! Nothin' like a double-dose of firemen to make ones day...*giggle* ;o)

...Wow - I love that High Line Park. That is so neat how they turned that into what looks like a wildflower meadow and those park benches look so state-of-the-art...I love that!

...And speakin' of state-of-the-art, did you see Lauren's handbag? Too cute! And I can't leave without mentionin' Daryl's hair - she should do hair commercials... You three girls have got it goin' on I'm tellin' ya! ;o)

...Anyway, thanks for sharing the photos Kate!

...Blessings... :o)

Jo Whitehurst said...

What a lovely way to re-purpose something that was once a solution to a problem, became the problem, and is now a beautiful solution...coming full circle!

I, too, love the sleek modern lines of the benches in the midst of the flowers that tj pointed out!

oh, yeah!...firemen rock!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

A lovely green area. It's really lovely and NO you did not go overboard with the photos at all.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Reminds me of Incredibles, with the train tracks above the city. :)

Love that last shot. Thanks for sneaking it in.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I'd never heard of the High Line Park before you posted, and it's such a great idea! Especially in a city where there is little green space apart from Central Park; what a boon to all living things. Thanks for sharing.

Leenie said...

I heard about the high line on NPR radio, but your photos really bring it to life. And love those hunky fire fighters. Two posts with them is just okay with me. Jealous.

Annie said...

Ah, that is so nice that you got to meet up with Daryl and Lauren again. And to see the High Line. Sounds very interesting.

Afraid I must disagree with one of your commenters when she says that there is "very little green space in NYC apart from Central Park". The more time I spend there each year, the more I see all the lovely parks they have!! It would be strange indeed to live in NYC and not have a park nearby, I think!!! They are all unique and wonderful, and very much appreciated, in their own right!

Good on you Kate! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Mary said...

That is such a neat idea -- like a green ribbon threading through the city! Oh, and I think you should make a calender of the firemen photos. ;)

Daryl said...

Oh what great shots .. I love the perspectives you chose .. and I am SO laughing at me on the phone .. explanation needed .. a dear friend called to ask about going to Polished Beauty Bar (where I get beautified™ .. clearly it was a very important call ...

Never too many pix of a great day spent with fabulous women!

Mental P Mama said...

OMG! Those firemen were sooooo adorable.

Valerie said...

Your pictures are so nice. It's great to see the world from so many perspectives!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Love that they took that area and made a garden.......gave me some ideas! You take such wonderful pictures!

Deb said...

In Chicago, we call the elevate train the "el". Love the photos...

Donalyn said...

So lovely - since I can't imagine living in a place with no flowers, this is wonderful to me!

The Weaver of Grass said...

You really do go for firemen, don't you!
I hear so much about this High Line - it is a super idea.

glutenfree4goofs said...

Ahh! Your shots make the city look beautiful! Firefighters are awsome and hot! :) My Dad was a firefighter for 25yrs, I always though I'd marry one, who wouldn't! Lol! I married a teacher, he is awesome too. I love your photo tour :)
Jessie at Blog Schmog

willow said...

What great pics! I just saw yours over at Daryl's blog. Looks like you all had a fun time.

Javajune said...

This is truly wonderful. I had no idea it was there. Thanks for the tour. I'll be sure to take a peek next time I'm in New York. Firemen are always welcome.
xo-jj

Hilary said...

Firemen....

Let me know when you post some High Line photos. ;)

Farmchick said...

Love the photos. *sigh* Especially the firemen....

Jill of All Trades said...

Fabulous snapshots. Wow.

becky up the hill said...

Enchanted. I love it when gardens are created from old junky lots or in this case an outdated mode of transportation. Beautiful. Those Hydrangea were pretty too. I wonder what kind they were? Thanks so very much. Love the signs on the newest post too.

Woman in a Window said...

So smart, revitalizing old spaces as gardens. And that last candid shot of the firemen...so full of man foolery. I love it!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Absolutely love the DOF in the first shot. Brilliant.

Of course, it's already uber-cool that I get to meet you in person soon, but it appears you are a shutterbug too! AWESOME!

Looking forward to next week!

Another Sister said...

Thanks for the trip to High Line Park. Glad to see you out enjoying yourself. And we reap the benefits! XO

imom said...

Someday I will visit that High Line garden. Absolutely beautiful photos! And the firefighters?! Icing on the cake.

Cloudia said...

I see flowers
firemen
and DAryl!!

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