It turns into 8th. Ave.
Edit: My mistake, I looked at the landfill map.
Hard to say - the Ear Inn was built on the shoreline and that's a block and a half west of Hudson Street, and hudson Street doesn't extend as far north as 19th St.
It turns into 8th. Ave.
Edit: My mistake, I looked at the landfill map.
Last edited by stache; May 20th, 2008 at 11:56 AM. Reason: I made a boo boo.
Below 14th Street the shoreline used to run mostly along Greenwich Street.
Above 14th Street the shoreline moved northwest and above ~ 23rd ran along what is now Tenth Avenue and by 42nd Street the shoreline was at Eleventh Avenue for quite a distance north.
See this topo map from the 1800's:
This restaurnat/bar is aptly called The High Line and seems very well positioned and named to benefit from the new park:
On the High Line! Photos Show a Park Ready for Its Plants
by Eliot Brown | June 13, 2008 |
The High Line, running north through Chelsea.
Construction seems to be moving along on the High Line, the 1930s rail viaduct in Chelsea that's being converted to a park, as we were given a tour earlier this week and snapped a few photos along the way. Section 1, which runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, is slated to open before the end of the year, and, as pictured, the walkways are being put into place with the vegetation to follow [preliminary renderings of Section 1 are available here].
Later this month, Friends of the High Line, the mastermind group behind the whole venture, is planning to release designs for Section 2, which runs up to 28th Street. Section 3, which runs into the West Side rail yards, will be designed by the Related Companies as part of its development of the yards.
The project has acted as a super powerful magnet for great architecture, attracting the likes of Frank Gehry, who designed the IAC building above, along with a long, growing list of top architects for generally smaller hotels, offices and apartment buildings.
A shot at the base of the Standard, the hotel under constuction. Vegetation will grow through the rail tracks, which were carted off while the viaduct was renovated, then put back in place in the same spot, Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond told us.
The Standard, again.
This is up by 29th Street, looking north.
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Last edited by brianac; June 14th, 2008 at 06:35 AM.
i'm not sure if i like that they kept part of the old tracks
Maybe you'll change you're mind, I think they'll look great once the finishing touches are in place.
You gotta be kidding about the bike path. There isn't room up there for all of that and it wouldn't fit with the design philosophy of meandering paths and a somewhat "natural" appearance. It's envisioned as a "slower" transect.
There are ample bike paths all along HRP.
About the tracks....They will be useful and more cool than you might think.
Plants will be growing up through most of them but, they have had custom
wooden lounge chairs with wheels on them made, that ride on the rails so you can
move them closer or further apart from each other.
^Another piece of evidence that proves the people behind the High Line restoration are true visionaries.
A must see I think...
Neil Denari's HL23 on exhibit
By Jovana Rizzo
The construction of architect Neil Denari's condo building on the High Line, HL23, is chronicled in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York that opens tonight.
The exhibit, called "New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line," will be on view until September at the museum, located at 1220 Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
Models and renderings of the 14-story luxury condo building in Chelsea will be on display, as well as historic photos of the adjacent High Line. The 12-unit building is connected to the High Line, giving all residents views of the public park.
"What's ingenious is [the HL23] takes the High Line and uses it as an inspiration," said Donald Albrecht, co-curator of the exhibit. "It's is an outgrowth of the transformations happening in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District."
West Chelsea used to be a manufacturing hub, and Albrecht said HL23's architecture make it symbolic of the new Chelsea, now filled with art galleries and hip restaurants. The HL23 looks upside down, as the narrow building's floors become larger as it gets higher.
HL23's design has already caught the art community's attention in an exhibit at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Los Angeles last year. Completion of the building is expected next summer.
The project was featured in The Real Deal's February issue.
HL23 developer sues DOB over stop work order
By Adam Pincus
The developer of a high profile residential project on the High Line has sued the Department of Buildings over a seven-week-old stop work order. The lawsuit claims that the stop-work order is in place because the builder refuses to pay a "shake down" fee to a neighboring developer.
Alf Naman, the developer of HL23, called 23 Highline in court documents, filed the lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court on June 9 against the city, next-door developers Highline Park and Sleepy Hudson, the developers of 519 West 23rd Street, a condo building finished in the fall of 2007, and its condo association.
The suit sought to lift an April 30 Buildings Department work stoppage for Naman's project at 515 West 23rd Street for performing shoring work under next-door 519 West 23rd Street without the neighbor's permission. That work was completed in November, 2007.
A partial stop work order remains, which allows only foundation work. To completely lift the stop work order, the city wants Naman to get permission from the neighbors to proceed, the suit says.
But Naman said a representative from developer Highline Park sought $850,000 to get its permission during a meeting in April, the lawsuit claims.
Paul Bonnar, president of Leeds United Construction, the general contractor at the neighboring site, was at the meeting and disputed that account.
"The truth is there was no request made or demand made for money," he said.
The stoppage has also endangered construction financing for HL23 project, the lawsuit claims.
Both Naman and the DOB did not respond to requests for comment.
Naman's 14-story, 11-unit luxury condominium project was designed by architect Neil Denari. An exhibit of the building at the Museum of the City of New York opened yesterday.
The building was designed in close collaboration with the city, which permitted variances that have not been given to most developments in the area. For example, it is within five feet of the High Line park, closer than the standard 15-foot setback. Also, the top two top floors are cantilevered over the tracks, a public space.
However, the tighter scrutiny of the DOB following recent crane and building collapses may make lifting the stop work order more difficult for the developers, real estate experts said.
The lawsuit charged that during a May 8 meeting, Max Lee, the DOB's Manhattan Deputy Borough Commissioner, would not address evidence that the foundation shoring work was performed according to drawings.
"He simply advised that 'it had come from above' that DOB would not lift the SWO (stop work order)" unless the developers could prove they had consent from the neighboring building to complete the work, the filing said.
Trying to force the city to lift a work stoppage is "not an unusual proceeding," said Stephen Nahley, a partner in the real estate practice of law firm Moses and Singer.
The next court date was set for June 18
I also must say the blank wall that this building will cover is probably the best ive seen.