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Revisiting the High Line on a Saturday in Spring

- On Location: Arts and Education


Mustang Harry's, the Lunch Destination
for Lively Conversation and Warm Hospitality

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Fine Foods & Spirits
352 7th Avenue (between 29th and 30th Streets)
NY, NY 10001
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Revisiting the High Line
www.thehighline.org

Friends of the High Line
820 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

(212) 206-9922
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 8, 2015


(See a History and Photo Essay of the High Line during its opening phase.)

On a recent tour of the completed High Line, I started the exploration with a friend at the 14th Street entrance, for a chilly spring lunch at Terroir on the Porch, an outdoor High Line bistro. This time I noticed more mature plantings, such as the Grand Magnolia trees and flowering perennials. It was apparently too early in the season for most walkway food stands and makeshift boutiques, as well as serendipitous bench musicians, but the views were, once again, intriguing. My last visit, in 2012, linked above, revealed the startup residential construction, abutting the new High Line, and, it seemed, more open views of the Hudson. This time, the 2012 construction was completed, plus new, luxury residences were developing throughout the expanse, as well as a walkway extension between 30th Street and 34th Street, with frozen fruit stands along a direct path to the Hudson.

We caught the Panorama Open-Air Exhibit, some of which is seen below, but just missed Olafur Eliasson’s Collectivity Project, now on view. Most fascinating is a bird’s eye view of the Hudson Yards Building Project, with Phase I said to be completed in 2018, and Phase II perhaps in 2024. On the newest expanse of the High Line, one can watch the rail yards near the Javits Convention Center and Lincoln Tunnel, in transformation and rezoning, from 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue, 30th Street to 34th Street. The construction, supposed to be above the trains, should allow the Long Island Railway to continue to park trains under the new buildings. A description of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is here. At the 14th Street end of the High Line, one can see the new Whitney Museum, now rebuilt and relocated from its former Upper East Side address. On exiting the High Line at West 30th Street, we found a comfortable Irish Pub for a cool drink. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and bring a camera.



Bratwurst at Terroir on the Porch
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Plantings on Old Rail Tracks
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Cement Decor Evokes Rail Tracks
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Views of 10th Avenue in Chelsea
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Lush Perennials on the Walkways
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Views of the Empire State Building
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Lush Perennials on the Walkways
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Chelsea Street and Rooftop Views
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Panorama" Open-Air Exhibit
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Plantings on Old Rail Tracks
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Panorama" Open-Air Exhibit
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Views of Varied Architecture
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Chelsea Street and Rooftop Views
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



A Blooming Grand Magnolia
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Rooftop and Billboard Art
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



New Residential Construction
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Busy Construction of Hudson Yards
A Spring Tour of the High Line
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net