Synopses & Reviews
When the High Line opened in 2009 it was expected to attract around 300,000 visitors a year. In 2013, more than four million came. A survey by ranked it #10 on a list of the world's most popular landmarks. In 2014, the final half-mile section of the park will open, and visitors will encounter a very different High Line experience: stunning vistas of the Hudson River; a birds-eye view of the trains in the working Hudson Rail Yards; and the original, self-sown landscape that emerged in the abandoned rail bed and inspired the High Line's early champions. Striking new views of the city will be opened throughout.
La Farge describes the 1.45-mile long public park that New York Cityhas created on an unused railroad trestle, primarily in captions of the color photographs that comprise most of the book. In sevensections from Gansevoort to 34th street, she looks at the art, the plants, the surrounding buildings, the use people make of the spaces,views, and the history of the city. Among the specific spots and topics are 13th Avenue and Pier 52, Washington grasslands, the wildHigh Line, Hoboken Terminal, the southern spur, architecture of the High Line, the art deco prison, museum mile-and-a-half, center ofamusements, schools of the future, the great spires, New York's lumberyard, Hell's Kitchen, Westyard Distribution Center, and the divine wild carrot.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"In this edition, updated for the High Line's five-year anniversary, blogger-turned-author La Farge takes readers on an engrossing tour of the elevated park that quickly became one of New York's top destinations when it opened in 2009. The High Line, on Manhattan's West Side, was once a bustling rail line that brought meat and produce to the city. As industry gave way to art galleries and condominiums, the elevated tracks fell into disuse, and the land ceded to wildflowers and weeds (not to mention graffiti artists and squatters). The park's architects paid homage to these previous iterations in their design for 'this generation's Central Park.' Bursting with insights on history, botany, geography, architecture, and the arts, La Farge takes readers on a tour of the park from the 'Slow Stairs' at the southern end to the Tenth Avenue Spur. Gorgeous full-color photographs by Scott Mlyn, Juan Valentin, and Rick Darke enhance the view on nearly every page. This will serve as a marvelous guidebook for visitors and readers interested in New York City history or urban planning. 400 illus. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A fully revised, updated edition of the award-winning guide to the High Line, the park that transformed an entire neighborhood and became an inspiration to cities around the globe
About the Author
Annik LaFarge is a lifelong New Yorker who currently lives along the High Line in Chelsea, where she writes the blog Livin' the High Line.Rick Darke's many books include The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes.