Monday, 29 March 2010

On the Highline

I mentioned in my post about BALENCIAGA that I would continue with mentioning The Meatpacking district and The Highline project, so here it is!

The Highline is an urban walkway that was a former railway for freight trains to carry industrial goods from the West Side Yard and the Meatpacking District. Both districts at the time used to be industrial havens that are now very upmarket and crammed with high end boutiques from the likes of ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, STELLA MCCARTNEY, CATHERINE MALANDRINO, MOSCHINO and so on.... I could go on but I'd rather people were interested than bored.

Just under a mile and a half long, THE HIGHLINE provides some very interesting vistas and unusual perspectives of the streets. One point in particular is this stairway benching system where you can sit just above street-level and look out through huge glass window panels and down one of the avenues. It's quite relaxed, as you don't hear much street traffic, almost as if it were a silent movie. The glass is pretty thick.

Also a good opportunity to strike a pose, clearly.One thing I found particularly cool was the way in which the benches were connected to the pathway slabs. The bench width was the same as the slab, so they made it look continuous as though the bench had grown out of the ground. I don't know if this has any metaphorical connection with the idea of growth and park, but it was still rather peculiar.

Again, we found some way of taking away from a more serious note. Strike a pose, ladies!

Much of the plants were past season or hadn't come into full bloom because it wasn't yet Summer, so alot of the so-called 'greenery' wasn't actually present. I imagine it probably looks completely different even as Spring arrives. As you can see from the photos below, some of the old tracks are still exposed and conjunct with the new pavement slabs, which appear to harmonise quite well. I think it's also quite essential to keep these intact as it's more of a dedication and a reminder of what it actually was once used for. Some of the tracks left intact are more subtle, but these photos show a good chunk of the old railway.

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