A Walk to the End of the Line: The (Almost) Untouched Third Section of the High Line

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The terminus of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, part of the third and final section of the elevated rail line to be added to New York’s favorite, not-quite-new-anymore public park and the site of new art installation. Photos and Text by Laura Tepper, except as noted.

A Walk to the End of the Line:  The (Almost) Untouched, Third Section of the High Line Is Open for Previews

The northernmost and last unfinished section of New York’s acclaimed High Line park won’t open to the public in earnest for at least another year, but this summer small groups of lucky ticketholders have the opportunity to experience the 300-yard stretch of urban wilderness in the raw. High Line park rangers are leading visitors on a series of sold-out walks along the yet-undeveloped site known as the “High Line at the Rail Yards,” or simply as “Section 3.” The tours occur under the premise of previewing “Caterpillar” a site-specific sculpture installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove. However, the landscape itself steals the show. 

The High Line, of course, is a wildly successfully public park built atop a 1.2 mile-long decommissioned elevated freight rail structure that runs along Manhattan’s west side. Sections 1 and 2 of the park weave through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea between Gansevoort and 30th streets and attract so many visitors, both locals and tourists, that it can be hard to move through the more narrow sections of the park.

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A crowd herds slowly through a tapered part of Section 2

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Sunbathers vie for seats on the custom rolling lounge chairs of Section 1 (Image courtesy of James Corner Field Operations)

Section 3 begins at 30th Street where the completed sections of the park end. Continue reading

Hacking the City: Prototyping Innovation in San Francisco

A resonant image from renowned street art Bansky reads, “You Don’t Need Planning Permission to Build Castles in the Sky.” Unfortunately you do need a permit—at least if you’re going build, place, or draw just about anything in the streets of San Francisco from a chalk drawing on the sidewalk to a lemonade stand, and most certainly a castle.

What would happen if someone could lift those barriers for a day and make room for creativity to populate the streets? Continue reading