Monday, August 03, 2009

My New York: Highlining with Doug



We've got some exciting news! Blabbeando finally went to see what the hoopla was all about and came back with photos from the new High Lane Park in Manhattan! Aren't you exited already? What!? You don't know what the High Lane Park is? OK, go read about it and come back...

Truth be told it was pretty 'pretty' but I was somewhat underwhelmed. Yes, there is that stunning view of the west side of Manhattan (above on the left, the newish InterActive Corp. building designed by Frank Ghery to resemble a sailboat ship)...



The park itself lies on top of what used to be elevated freight train tracks that had remained standing but had long been abandoned. For years, developers wanted to turn a stretch of the high lane into a park and part of it opened up to the public just weeks ago. Pieces of the rusted rail tracks remain embedded in their original place or re-arranged along the sides of the main pathway in ways that tell me that more than one gay man had a hand in the planning stages.



Blue-shaded building. I hated you at first sight. I am sorry. I now want to move in. Above, from above the high lane, below from below.



OMG! You had to walk under it and risk death by building toppelment!



Perfect for checking text messages and e-mails...



Or promoting Apple products...



I was there with Doug, who had the day off. He was particularly fascinated by the bees for some reason (you might remember Doug from our last featured outing to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year)...



My favorite part? People going to the High Lane Park to watch... uhm... traffic. Yes, traffic...



That's a full pane window (one of a four or five) in front of a small viewing stand on top of the avenue. Wide angle view here.

And then, well, we actually turned around and walked back. The section of the park that is currently open is actually a fraction of what it ultimately will end up being. A lot of the flowers and bushes seemed to be more decorative than anything else and I'm not sure they'll have an easy time taking root in the High Line.



And then it was outta there for food and drinks. And a good time was had by all. More photos here.

3 comments:

Some Other Guy said...

Great pics! Looks like you had a fun time, cheers!

Anna said...

I haven't been up there since they built the park. I did, however, sneak up there a few times about five years ago before they began construction. It was amazing then, and all the pictures I've seen look amazing now (though, clearly, in a different way).

Elyaqim Mosheh Adam (Mark) said...

I was on the High Line with Metrobears this month, albeit arriving very late to their event. “[P]romoting Apple products” indeed! Yes, I’m certain that your devotion to Apple is why you snapped that picture.