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The High Line has been such a staggering success, it has created impersonators across the country and the world. And who can blame them, when the project has generated an estimated $2 billion in economic activity on a public investment of only $150 million.
But what if instead of building a park, a subway or light rail line ran along the Far West Side?
It is not a ludicrous idea. Light rail has proven a boon in downtown Portland and elsewhere, and with the extension of the 7 train to Hudson Yards, the line could well have hooked up with the High Line and made a whole swath of under-developed Manhattan real estate more accessible.
A glittery park has achieved just as much, but this exact same debate is taking place in Queens,
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inVentiv Health, a multifaceted provider of services in the health care industry, has signed a 75,000-square-foot renewal and expansion for its subsidiary Chandler Chicco Agency at 450 West 15th Street.
The company, which handles public relations and advertising for health care companies, renewed its lease for the 300,000-square-foot building’s entire seventh floor and a portion of six. The firm will expand onto part of the building’s fourth floor, taking a little over 21,000 square feet.
Gettin' High Line
“I’d love to see a locomotive up there,” Chelsea resident Grant Anderson said before a packed auditorium at P.S. 11 last night. His proposal for the third and final section of the High Line, encircling the Hudson Yards, was met with a burst of spontaneous applause.
Not only did it have the proper fanciful feel of the park that seems to float, as if by magic, above the hubbub of Manhattan, but it also had its antecedents. “One of the great things about the High Line is you still get a sense of history,” he continued. “Just imagine the feeling—looking up and seeing a train and boxcar down the street.”
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That was the easy part.
Now that the High Line has become a smash success, Friends of the High Line has to decided what to do with the third and final section of the elevated park, which surround Hudson Yards. After fighting for decades to preserve and then transform the old rail line, it was not clear this section of track would be preserved or replaced by some alternative park, as the city worked to redevelop the site.
The Related Company and the Bloomberg administration both agreed it should be, and now that their work is underway in creating a new Baltimore on the West Side of Manhattan, so too is the Friends’ job of figuring out what should surround it.
That all starts tomorrow night.
The battle to expand Chelsea Market has once again come to a head—a giant glassy head. Neighborhood residents are none too pleased with Jamestown Properties’ plans, which call for 250,000 square feet of office space to be added to the existing Ninth Avenue structure and the construction of a neighboring twelve-story hotel.
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Once upon a debauched time, West 27th Street was the beat, beat, beating heart of the city’s club scene, with such notorious haunts as Pink Elephant, B.E.D., Spirit and, of course, the queen of them all, Bungalow 8. Marquee still throbs around the corner, but that is about it—all thanks to an elevator shaft and a little rezoning.
We here at The Observer have been fretting since the fall about what seems to be the growing privatization or semi-privatization of the city’s parks. It’s not that they are not open to the public, but that the park is not necessarily a public project. There are two sides to this.
Gettin' High Line
Well, technically train tracks are still train tracks:
“Normally, the farther you get from the subway the less expensive the housing is,” said [Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert] Hammond, who confessed that he rents an apartment in the West Village. “But the closer you are to the High Line, the farther Read More
The rail yards on Manhattan’s far West Side, like the developers’ dreams and mayoral agendas they inspire, slouch wearily toward the Hudson. For a necropolis of transit systems past (the Hudson River Railroad, the New York Central, the High Line), the Hudson Yards offer up eternal-and seemingly eternally deferred-promise, the heady rush of Read More
A princess begins work at Christie’s, ancient apostle paintings discovered in Rome, and work by Stephen Vitiello and Yoko Ono take root in New York. It can’t be a slow summer when there is this much action in the art world.
1. Princess Eugenie of York Interns at Christie’s
Princess Eugenie, the 20-year-old daughter of Read More