Wednesday, July 30

If you were planning, like we were, to spend August sunbathing on a gingham blanket spread atop the grassy High Line, breathing in the invigorating odors of the meatpacking district, then you’re just as crestfallen as we are, though tonight the worthies of Friends of the High Line—it’s midweek, at least two of them should be here!—throw a book bash for Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, with said bash to be held under the haute railroad itself. “The most compelling thing about this event is that it’s not a pie-in-the-sky vision anymore,” said Katie Lorah, media and project manager. “Things are looking like the renderings themselves!” We’ve dreamed of one day looking like our own rendering, but enough about us…Back to the choo-choo! “It was a self-seeded landscape, and the design captures a wildness and self-seededness in the heart of the city,” said Ms. Lorah, going off the rails a bit. Guests at the book party (a “smaller-ticket event,” she explained, for those who didn’t attend the big benefit early in the summer) will be regaled by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, “sort of a hot 1920s band. Their Web site says that their music is based on trains, so we thought it was fitting.” Toot, toot!

[Under the High Line, West 25th Street, just west of 10th Avenue, 6:30 p.m., http://www.thehighline.org]

 

mbryan@observer.com

 

Wednesday, July 30