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    The pretty blonde lying on the bench looks very relaxed. Fantastic.

    Wonderful park, great tour.

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    Great pics. How did you get pictures of the highline when it was empty? Early morning?

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    Thanks for the great pics of a unique experience.

    After the novelty wears off, the crowds may diminish somewhat, but this park seems to have solid virtues.

    Do you think the time will come when there's a mugging up there? Is it patrolled?

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    For this to be as successful as Paris it need to be a route that people can take not just a park experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by normaldude View Post
    Great pics. How did you get pictures of the highline when it was empty? Early morning?
    7AM Saturday morning. A different experience. The whir of HVAC and feint traffic sounds in the background.

    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    After the novelty wears off, the crowds may diminish somewhat, but this park seems to have solid virtues.
    We happened to be in the area on Sunday at 6PM. Line wasn't quite as long as in the photo above, but still about 2/3 the way down the block. We got on anyway, but it moved quickly. No more than a 10 minute wait.

    Do you think the time will come when there's a mugging up there? Is it patrolled?
    Heavily patrolled by uniformed Parkies. Also lots of staff and Highline Wonks to answer questions. Two (I think) NYPD.

    As we were leaving at the south end, I overheard a conversation between 2 Parkies, who were repeatedly calling out to a woman whose kids were walking on the tracks. Something about "this is going to be the biggest problem."

    As a kid, ever come across a railroad track? Could you resist the urge to walk on the rails?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alonzo-ny View Post
    For this to be as successful as Paris it need to be a route that people can take not just a park experience.
    The city would be foolish not to use the entire length to 34th St. Maybe a connection to HRP and the Javits.


    I noticed that the smart people, on arriving, would move off at some point (plenty of opportunities) and take it all in, avoiding the conveyor belt mentality of a walk-through.

    The open area at 14th St is already successful. Cool lounge chairs, some roll on tracks (stoppers on the wheels). The windowed area on 17th seems less popular.

    The high fences we seem to have on every overpass are thankfully missing. Also any attempt to find contextual lighting that would have wound up kitschy. The under-railing and little stalk lighting are fine.

    Also glad they didn't fence in the plant-beds, using slightly upturned concrete planks instead.

    I think the pathway at the northern segment is a little too narrow.

    The parking lots will eventually be filled in. I'd feel better if the city had some sort of design commission to oversee what gets built, rather than hope that the developer/architect do the right thing.


    I hope we don't mess this up.
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    Is there a McSam High Line in our future?

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    LPC or City Planning would be wise to either extend the Gansevoort Historic District farther north (it now ends at 15th Street) or create a new HD (or some other area-wide Special District with design regulations) along the HL as a way to put some controls on the buildings that rise on empty / underbuilt lots.

    There is already one banal 12-story pile ("10 Chelsea" from GERNER KRONICK + VALCAECEL Architects rising, although stalled, to the east of the HL at 23rd / Tenth on the SW corner:



    Another questionable one just coming out of the ground that will abut the east side of the HL (13 stories / H Thomas O'Hara Architect ) at 303 Tenth between 27th / 28th.

    Two of these is bad enough. A string of them boxing in the HL would be a shame.

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    Another visit

    It will be great to get segment 3, but it no longer leaves you wanting more.






    Food & Drinks. Works for me.




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    nice pix!

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