The Mystery of New York’s Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

The Mystery of New York’s Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

Nowadays, there is not even a trace of the old park.

When the High Line opened back in 2009, many hailed it as the first park of its kind in New York City. But did you know that another elevated park existed long before its West Side successor? The New

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Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

The lush Split-Rocker is perched above Rockefeller Center’s famous golden Prometheus sculpture, which guards the ice rink in the winter and the outdoor restaurant in warmer months. All throughout the summer, visitors are welcome to stop and smell the flowers

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Jeff Koons’s Giant Flower-Covered Chia Pet Coming Soon to Rockefeller Center

Jeff Koons’s Giant Flower-Covered Chia Pet Coming Soon to Rockefeller Center

Superstar artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling a giant, flower-covered sculpture called “Split-Rocker” at Rockefeller Center. Presented by the Public Art Fund, the massive statue is set to open on June 27th, and will boast a “living green skin”

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BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

Big U would not only tackle Lower Manhattan, but would also extend to known flood zones up to 57th Street on the West Side, down through Battery Park, and up to 42nd street on the East Side. The plan will encompass ten miles of low-lying land throughout Manhattan,

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PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

Each of Walks of New York’s insider tours cover a lot of ground in an enjoyable two-and-a half to three hour time span. Participants can choose from a variety of cultural tours including Highlights of New York, Meet at the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on the Asiatic dogwood trees, fragrant white magnolias, and dainty daffodils

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

The High Line at the Rail Yards seeks to preserve the untamed and self-seeded landscape that first inspired the founders of Friends of the High Line to protect the defunct elevated railway. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by a wonderfully wild and diverse

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Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Bad news for nature lovers in Queens: the future of the proposed High Line-style Queensway park along the Rockaway Beach rail line is looking grim. The plan, which aims to transform the long disused railway into a lush, elevated green space, was voted down

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Invasive, Cold-Resistant Asian Cockroach Species Found on NYC’s High Line

Invasive, Cold-Resistant Asian Cockroach Species Found on NYC’s High Line

The High Line has been a gathering place for all kinds of characters since it opened in 2009, and now it’s even attracted an invasive cockroach species from Asia. The newly found bug was spotted at the elevated park and researchers are saying it is the

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

MATERIALS:
- 5 plastic sushi takeout containers
- 12 pairs of wooden chopsticks
- black paint
- black paper
- a fork
- foil
- glue
- a knife
- A spatula or spoon
- FOOD! You can get pretty creative here and substitute whatever you like but here is

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High Line Reveals Giant, Garden-Filled Bowl for Its Third Section

High Line Reveals Giant, Garden-Filled Bowl for Its Third Section

Overlooking West 30th St. and 10th Avenue, the Spur’s bowl-shaped structure will mark the visual gateway to the Hudson Rail Yards. Draped in dense vegetation, the structure will house a lush interior room mimicking a woodland habitat. Ringed by Snakebark maple

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Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Eero Saarinen’s famous JFK terminal is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since 2001, the iconic building has left many wondering what would become of it.

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PHOTOS: Pop-Up Sheep Meadow Takes Over an NYC Gas Station

PHOTOS: Pop-Up Sheep Meadow Takes Over an NYC Gas Station

Lalanne’s beautiful pop-up meadow is enclosed by a classic white fence, bringing a sense of the serene countryside to the bustling Chelsea Arts District. The green expanse begins at the doors of the former convenience store that served Getty customers, and

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6 Fun (and Free) Places to Take a Date on a Summer Night in NYC

6 Fun (and Free) Places to Take a Date on a Summer Night in NYC

Image via NYC Parks & Rec
DATE IDEA #1: Walk the High Line at night
We absolutely love the High Line here at Inhabitat. One of the best examples of adaptive reuse, this newly minted iconic NYC destination finds itself packed full of tourists during the

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Her First NYC Building and It Will Be Along the High Line

Zaha Hadid Unveils Her First NYC Building and It Will Be Along the High Line

Rendering courtesy of Related Companies

Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid recently unveiled a rendering of her first building in New York City – a boutique condominium next to the High Line. Residential developer Related Companies tapped the famous architect

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High Line Hotel Reneges on Promise to Re-Hire Employees After Hurricane Sandy Flood

High Line Hotel Reneges on Promise to Re-Hire Employees After Hurricane Sandy Flood

Employees of the High Line Hotel were expecting to get back to work after the hotel suffered major flooding damage during Hurricane Sandy, and owners MCR Development and Brodsky Organization spent months telling workers that they would return to their previous

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“Under the Elevated” Seeks to Transform Space Beneath NYC Bridges and Subways into Usable, Non-Scary Areas

“Under the Elevated” Seeks to Transform Space Beneath NYC Bridges and Subways into Usable, Non-Scary Areas

The High Line made a name for itself by turning land atop an elevated rail line into a flourishing park, but can the same be done for spaces underneath these kinds of structures? The Design Trust for Public Space is embarking on a plan to transform areas under

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The High Line Hotel Will Breathe New Life into a Beautiful Chelsea Landmark

The High Line Hotel Will Breathe New Life into a Beautiful Chelsea Landmark

The General Theological Seminary’s campus occupies over half of 20th and 21st Streets, in between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. Built in 1895, the complex originally housed students, and was meant to create an Oxford-like campus in the middle of the city. Featuring

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every

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Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait ’til you hear what was found on NYC’s green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham and the University of Colorado recently conducted tests

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Fantastic Snow Sculptures Pop Up on the High Line After Winter Storm Nemo

Fantastic Snow Sculptures Pop Up on the High Line After Winter Storm Nemo

Winter storm Nemo provided snow sculptors with PLENTY of material for the High Line’s annual Sculpt-Off.  Living in a big city like New York, many of us don’t have the yard space (or really any outdoor space) to fully engage in winter time fun, so the

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Inhabitat Visits El Anatsui’s Upcycled Mirror and Tin Installation on the High Line (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Visits El Anatsui’s Upcycled Mirror and Tin Installation on the High Line (PHOTOS)

The massive installation may be the High Line park’s biggest commission, stretching across the side of an entire building between West 21st and West 22nd Street. Anatsui treats the reclaimed, weathered tin as a texture, the rectangular panes forming a patchwork

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El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II is a Tapestry of Tin and Mirrors on the High Line

El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II is a Tapestry of Tin and Mirrors on the High Line

Broken Bridge II is the second iteration of El Anatsui’s artwork, with the original shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale. The latest version was made with the same materials but reworked to fit the expansive facade of a brick building between West 21st

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