Small Park Brings Big Wave to New York City

A segment of New York City's High Line elevated park is set to open this week. <em>New York</em> Magazine looks at the real estate and architecture booms that's accompanying it.
June 10, 2009, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"At this point we find ourselves with two distinct High Lines. One is a quiet passeggiata of deliberately rough design, the other a larger district of new art and fresh development. A year ago, the condos popping up along Tenth Avenue were a visible expression of consumer confidence. Cocky buyers were spending $2,000 for each square foot of as-yet-nonexistent floor space and a hundred times that much for a patch of colored canvas with which to adorn their future walls. (The world has changed; the apartments keep on coming, whether they're wanted or not, and who knows if anyone will be buying art to furnish them?)"

"All this metamorphosis hangs on a short and slender thread of park. The High Line emulates Paris's Promenade Plantée, a magical arbor that runs nearly three miles atop a disused railway viaduct, from the Bastille Opera to the city's edge. But for now, the New York version goes hardly anywhere. At 20th Street, it hits a chain-link fence separating the current park from its future extension. You can stroll the entire open length in less than ten minutes."

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Published on Sunday, June 7, 2009 in New York
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