Here’s some most excellent eco eye candy to wind down your week with: The plans (complete with renderings!) for phase two of the High Line, [skipwords]New York[/skipwords] City’s amazing green urban renewal project/park have been released by landscape designer James Corner Field Operations and architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and as Fast Company points out, it appears that they’ve saved the park's most adventures features for this new section.
The current revamped and greened up section of the High Line, a derelict — built in 1930 and discontinued in 1980 — stretch of elevated railway spanning 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s west side, runs from 14th Street to 20th Street. Phase two of the project will extend the park from 20th Street to 30th Street. I’ve enjoyed the High Line on my visits but my one issue is with the human traffic as it can feel more like a claustrophobic moving walkway at an airport than an actual park because of the space constraints. This 10-block addition with this new phase will certainly make the park a bit more roomy.
Standouts of the High Line: Part Deux includes a densely wooded area called the “The Chelsea Thicket" (an ideal, um, hookup spot as Gawker points out), a lounging lawn, a floating viewing platform, and a dramatic “flyover,” an elevated walkway where visitors can amble above the High Line in a canopy of sumac trees.
It's anticipated that Phase 2 will be completed and open to the public by next spring. Skip to 1:55 in the video below to see more images for the big plans.
And while we’re on the topic of urban revitalization projects in NYC, I made it to the site of my personal favorite ambitious-new-park-in-the-works, Governors Island, and spotted a nifty way to reuse old shipping containers: “picnic huts.”