Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The High Line is online, and it's pretty damn exceptional. The architects do a masterful job of marrying the previous to the present. The tracks and overgrowth comfortably share their space with newly manufactured lines and resting places. The future even gets a nod if only in the hope one can find in the competence, thoughtfulness, and vision exhibited on this elevated plane. Yes, this town has more to offer to its inhabitants than the Nets Arena. Nicolai Ourousoff has had two amazing pieces in the Times this week. The first, about how architecture can cheat us was about the aforementioned arena. The second, about the High Line, examines how work like the High Line can elevate both the city and its inhabitants. Besides the exceedingly pleasurable aesthetic experience the High Line provides, it also offers a fresh view of the everything around it, especially the architecture, both new and old. It doesn't get a lot better than this, but I'm betting that it will when I visit again and again and again. Brilliant.