Large Double-Double, Sausage B.E.L.T, USA Today?
…past the World Financial Centre and the new “freedom tower” (ugh)
…and some big ol’ statue they have out in the harbour, which Tig is helpfully pointing out here for the confused boat-load of tourists:
Then up the East River to see Wall Street from the outside:
The UN building (under repair)
...and some bridges of note.
Our morning sail dropped us very close to the north end of the HighLine, and it was a beautiful sunny day to walk a linear park, as several thousand others apparently thought.
For those who don’t subscribe to Urban Planning Digest, the Highline is a new linear park that stretches through the recently-gentrified Chelsea neighbourhood on the lower west side of Manhattan. What makes it unique is it’s location: upon a 2km stretch of elevated railway that had been abandoned and fell into disrepair. When the City wanted to tear down the derelict riveted steel elevated guide way a decade ago, community activists fought to preserve it and develop it into public space. The result is an unexpected and unique Green Space in the sky,
In most places, the rails are still in place and emerge at times between the plantings of native grasses, trees and bushes, that provide shade and habitat for birds and bugs in a neighbourhood that has been warehouses and pavement for 100 years.
|A flat “fountain” with cool water flowing from a cat-tail and moss garden across |
some permeable pavement, and a few chaise-lounge to relax in
|Picnic and meeting areas|
|Interesting paving and planting designs;|
|An amphitheatre where the streets of New York are the only thing on stage|
|Covered areas for Art showings and Artists|
|All remarkably integrated into the neighbourhood while rising above it.|