It may matter where and when you go.....
are you talking about the same place?!...and I am not under the impression that it is primarily a tourist attraction.
While it is a nice space, I specifically avoid going up there due to all the trail blocking tourists.
It's the very definition of a tourist mecca.
It may matter where and when you go.....
Those over-hanging lounge chairs look frightening.
high line at the rail yards design unveiled
March 14, 2012
30th street passage
'high line at the rail yards' by james corner field operations & diller scofidio + renfro, new york, new york
all images © james corner field operations & diller scofidio + renfro
all images courtesy of the city of new york and friends of the high line
'high line at the rail yards', the final installment of the park, designed by new york-based landscape architecture firm
james corner field operations and practice diller scofidio + renfro has been unveiled by the city of new york and friends of the high line.
wrapping the hudson yards, the segment of the historic freight line which spans from west 30th to west 34th streets has become
overgrown with grasses and wildflowers which have naturally implanted since train operations were ceased in the 1980s.
running perpendicularly to the existing elevated park, the section's east to west orientation offers unforeseen perspectives of the city's skyline
and adjacent river.
the project is expected to attract over 12 million square feet of new office, residential, retail and cultural structures,
creating a new urban context with access to the landscaped park on the historic railway to the east and new walkway positioned
over the western area. once complete, there will be an uninterrupted link between the meatpacking district, west chelsea and
clinton/hell's kitchen neighborhoods. the project will be completed and open to the public in spring 2014.
10th avenue spur (option 1)
10th avenue spur (option 2)
11th avenue access
rail track walk
maintaining a consistent industrial vocabulary as found within the established park south of west 30th street,
landscape elements are remnants of the freight line. dutch landscape architect piet oudolf's natural plantings
will emerge to create an inviting path along the once heavily used rails.
children's play beams
the concrete deck is removed to reveal the original beam and girder framework.
the elements are covered with a thick rubber safety coating and transformed into a unique play feature for kids.
interim walkway at the western rail yards viewing towards the west
the eastern rail yards will be similar in design to the sections which are currently open to the public.
the western rail yards will feature a simple path through the existing landscape allowing visitors
to experience the self-sown grasses and wildflowers which have proliferated since the freight line
ceased operation in the 1980s.
interim walkway at the western rail yards viewing towards the northwest
as the walkway curves along west 30th street and 12th avenue, views of the hudson river and original train tracks
are revealed within the existing, self-seeded landscape.
interim walkway at the western rail yards viewing towards the south
this final installment will allow the public to access the entire length of the high line, terminating at west 34th street,
offering new views of the city.
'peel-up' design elements
high line at the rail yards context map
high line at the rail yards context map detail
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Nice shot SM.
Have you tried chromaticizing it? (I don't know how else to call the flattening of tone like you have done on other pics...)
Jeff Koons Might Bring An Old Steam Locomotive To High Line
March 26, 2011
Jeff Koons could be bringing a full-size replica 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive to the High Line—which is perfectly fitting since the park used to be an elevated rail line. The train won't be fixed on to where the remaining tracks are, however, instead it will be hoisted above the park on a crane. Which sounds very safe indeed! Especially with those old ghosts running around the place, eager to get their hands on one of their ol' means of transport.
CityRoom notes that the Friends of the High Line have been wanting to highlight the park’s rail history, declaring, “We’ve had a crush on the ‘Train’ for a while now. To me, it looks very industrial and sculptural. The craftsmanship that went into these industrial engines is quite beautiful.”
The sculpture actually isn't fabricated yet, but will be constructed of steel and carbon fiber, weighing at around several tons. It would also include spinning wheels, a blowing horn, and steam! To get this thing going full speed ahead, there's the matter of the $25 million or so needed to fund it. The High Line hopes to secure a donor to sponsor the piece, "which could either hang permanently or for several years."
The piece could also end up at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but the High Line is cool with sharing—“There’s some symmetry in this sort of transcontinental rail idea."
Train can be seen in action at ~ 1:10
It's awesome. My only concern would be that it be completely independently funded, and does not come out of money that otherwise would have gone to the High Line endowment.
I think it would look better horizontal....
Kind of like a "higher" line, not just a huge Christmas tree ornament...
When you bend reality a bit, it catches your eye and makes your mind spin. When you see something obviously impossible, you go "wow" and don't really think much about it......
This is the type of project that a certain deep-pocketed mayor sometimes funds out of his own account, anonymously.
As bad as it is... that is why they probably need to use synth.....
It isn't quite as bad wear and tear as the Boardwalks though. Saltwater can destroy woodwork.
It looks to me that what wore out was whatever finish was applied to the wood. The gray is natural weathering, a chemical change in the wood caused by sun and water, and not decay.
The same weathering happened at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The wood fence posts weren't stained (maybe a penetrating sealer was used).
Zippys right, The applied surface finish wore off- nothing more...
They used a very durable "exotic" wood:
“The ipê wood used on the High Line was chosen for its longevity and durability, and taken from a managed forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council..."
It really doesn't need a penetrating sealer, just a stripping and recoat.