The High Line Cometh; the history of NYC’s newest park presented via the written word, digital photography (both still and moving) and inappropriate humor


For some time I’ve been rooting for the Friends of the High Line to succeed in their campaign to transform an old elevated train line into a real gosh-darn park (by golly).  Mother Nature started the High Line accidentally when some seeds blew out of her pocket and began to sprout on the abandoned Chelsea structure (yes, yes, that’s right – you’re deducing what happened aren’t you?).  It wasn’t that long before a genuine Garden of Eden grew unnoticed, albeit with a sexier devil (still a snake), more dazzling views and let’s face it, freed from circadian rhythm-ing our lives away, a far more dynamic nightlife.

Mother’s lush greenery attracted attention and it wasn’t long before people were climbing up for a look-see.  Many regarded the original pre-approval High Line, with its naturally formed ecosystem, as an urban treasure, something to be carefully tended and preserved.

Continued . . .


So they ripped all that out.  In fact, during my recent visit, the High people were hi-ho’ing away in order to finish the work on schedule.  I for one cannot wait to see the manicured space, which will include hotels and high-end developments with plazas opening on to the park.  It’s all going to be very tony.

If the High Line makes you as high as it makes me, you’ll want to help, so become a member.  Your support benefits not only Chelsea residents but also everywhere Manhattan’s beacon shines.  Not yet complete, the High Line has already inspired a litany of similar projects, including Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, which somehow doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?

I know, the written word is dead; it’s all about radio right kids?  Well how about these apples?


Couresty Friends of the Highline website





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3 Responses to “The High Line Cometh; the history of NYC’s newest park presented via the written word, digital photography (both still and moving) and inappropriate humor”

  1. Does this give new meaning to Capping the Ike?

  2. It also gives new meaning to the term, “Love, sweet love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of.”

  3. We have this in the country–it’s called nature taking over the railroad tracks—looks uncomfortable for anything but looking at. I guess if your are surrounded by buildings, it would be nice to have green to see. I would say it’s todays GREEN thing, and has no lasting longevity and will be tomorrows eyesore. 10 years from now people will be yelling to tear it all down do to all the crime and dead things that are found in it. In my own city the parks and rec. people are being forced to clear out all underbrush in local parks do to the crime that takes place—even in rather high end areas. I guess in new york they will have locked gates that close at dark and police patrols all night long. HA HA HA