Salmaan Khan Photo: The High Line
My reservations for New York were put in place in time for the announced May opening of the
elevated gardens of The High Line,
New York City's stunning new public garden.
Photos: Alice Joyce
To my dismay, the opening dated was changed to June 9th, and I was unable to ascend.
Instead, I walked the length of the first section (there will be more development in the years to come) from the Gansevoort Street entrance through the Meat Packing District to 20th Street in Chelsea, where I was staying.
Peering upwards with my camera, I tried avoiding the onslaught of traffic in my attempt to vicariously experience a bit of the gardens from beneath the expanse.
The Standard Hotel is an admirable architectural achievement. Built to straddle the old railroad tracks, the hip new lodgings look down upon areas richly planted with a design by James Corner Field Operations, in consultation with Dutch designer Piet Oudolf .
The Standard's web site currently has a live web cam with images updated every 15 minutes, & 360 degree views: www.standardhotels.com/new-york-city/
As I write this, it's media preview day, before officially opening tomorrow.
The web cam image shows people strolling along the green sward: perennials and grasses commingling with shrubs and trees; an eye-popping image of a garden walkway slicing through a high-rise building.
Another trip to New York soon? You bet! This is a garden I must experience first-hand.
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