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    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    This month's (April) National Geographic (the main, yellow-border magazine, not the traveler spin-off) has a feature article on the High Line, accompanied by some stellar photographs.

    Online version here:
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/20...ok-photography
    This photo is stunning, and not just the fireworks:


    [Photo by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel for National Geographic.]

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    hang on folks despite the maddening cold streak spring is indeed on the way as seen via the crocus's on the highline!!







    this wrap ad is on the north end just below where the train mural will go


    last is a look north at the upcoming section II (opening up in may?)

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    section 2 in bloom (too bad it's still not open)


    Section 1 lookin' good






    blossoms still clinging to the tree in Merry's above posted pic!

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    Red buds hold their flowers for a nice long time.

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    It's coming ....



    HL Blog: Construction Update - Section 2 Will Open in June

    June 13: Step to the High Line Festival

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    Luxury Digs Hop Aboard New High Line

    By CRAIG KARMIN

    With the next section of the elevated Chelsea park known as the High Line poised to open next month, New York developers are gearing up numerous projects along the route in hopes of capitalizing on rising interest in the area.


    A 14-story building at 515 W. 23rd St., called HL23, next to the High Line has three units in contract.

    Among them is one from Chicago property baron Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Residential. The company is building its first New York City development, a 111-unit luxury rental property at Tenth Avenue and 23rd Street known as TEN23.

    While construction isn't expected to finish until year's end, Equity Residential is already planning to charge some of the steepest rents in the neighborhood. The average studio will rent for more than $3,000 a month, and 1,053-square-foot two-bedrooms will average more than $5,800.

    Given the recent strength of Manhattan's high-end rental market and the growing buzz over the High Line, property analysts say Equity Residential shouldn't have a hard time filling up the building. "I expect it to lease up quickly and probably faster than they are expecting," says Haendel St. Juste, an analyst who covers the company for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

    The High Line has helped transform an area that remains a long walk from public transportation, offers less retail than other downtown neighborhoods, and until recently was associated with crime and industrial blight.



    Today, it's known for art galleries, restaurants and night life. The city's commitment to the High Line several years ago seemed to inspire some of the city's most interesting architecture, including buildings by Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel, near a 1.5-mile stretch on former elevated railroad tracks from below West 12th Street to 20th Street.

    The second section, which is slated to open sometime in June and will run from 20th Street to 30th Street, is a less-developed area but has already attracted new construction.

    A condo building at 245 Tenth Avenue has restarted its sales effort after stalling out during the financial crisis. A striking 14-story residential building at 23rd Street known as HL23, adjacent to the High Line, has three units in contract; a condo called + art next to the High Line at West 28th Street has sold about one-third of its 91 units since it restarted sales last June.

    The Hotel Americano at 27th Street, designed by Mexican architect Enrique Norten and offering 56 rooms in a 10-story building, is expected to open in the second half of the year.

    Even before its own High Line project, Equity Residential was becoming increasingly focused on New York. The company entered the market for the first time in 2004 and now owns and manages a dozen properties in the metro area, with more than 7,800 apartments. New York is now the company's No. 1 market, accounting for 13% of Equity Residential's net operating income, according to Mr. St. Juste.

    The company sometimes has looked to acquire projects that were under financial stress. Equity Residential last year bought three Manhattan apartment buildings from Harry Macklowe for $475 million when the developer was desperate for cash.

    Around the same time, the company purchased the Chelsea lot from developer Shaya Boymelgreen, whose business was hit by the downturn, for $12 million, including the ground lease. The company is spending another $44 million in construction and development of its first ground-up project in New York.

    The property is a few steps from the High Line, and its own outdoor spaces include a rooftop lawn and cabana area. Jason Saft, an associate broker at CitiHabitats, says the projected rents are about 5% to 10% higher than other luxury rental buildings near the second section of the High Line.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...s_newyork_news

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    Love that they left the old tracks in.

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    They actually had to take all the tracks / rails out, catalog and store them while they scrubbed the tressle and re-worked it for the park. Then put the rails back in their original place (a good percentage, anyway). The new section, opening soon, has more % of re-installed rails than the original section, some of it embedded in the walkways. Or so they tell me.

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    ^Pleasantly surprised they took pains to do that. Will they have metal plaques along the line with the history of it, including its stops? In scumonkey's post 559, 4th from top, that track leading to a brick wall just shouts to me that it's warranted.

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    Jake Dobkin snatched some sleuthy panos from way up high over the Flyover in new section ...

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    And above the curve approaching West 30th Street ...

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    Nice to see all the green along the old section -- the HL in it's natural state.

    More at Gothamist

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Jake Dobkin snatched some sleuthy panos from way up high over the Flyover in new section ...
    Great pics. Love the look of the flyover, but bet it will be a bottleneck.

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    Plans for the northern end of the Highline for this summer:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/ny...er=rss&emc=rss

    To create a synthetic destination in this no man’s land, the Lot at the High Line has been lent by its owners, the Related Companies and Abington Properties, for the summer. (Construction of a residential tower is to begin on the property in the fall.)

    The Lot will offer an outdoor 350-seat bar under the High Line called the Lot on Tap; it will be operated by Colicchio & Sons, the chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, which is at the High Line on 15th Street and 10th Avenue. The High Line’s support girders and eight-inch concrete slab will be the roof. The Lot on Tap will offer domestic wines and local beers, including Brooklyn High Line Elevated Wheat (a new beer made by Brooklyn Brewery to be sold exclusively at the Lot on Tap), as well as nonalcoholic drinks.

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    A Brooklyn Exclusive Brew?


    Now I have to go...

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