26 Nov '11, 9pm

High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky (via @OnEarthMag)

When you think of how city parks get built, you probably don't think a whole lot about the people behind them. You might imagine that it was just another bureaucratic stiff in the Gilded Age, in charge of carving out green space way back when urban farming wasn't a hobby and rotting horse carcasses were no more surprising a sight on city streets than taxicabs are today. Surely you don't imagine booze-fueled benefits at the Roxy, a onetime gay hot spot and dance club-cum-roller rink in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, featuring a roster of drag queens in evening gowns. But that's the kind of thing that went into the creation of the High Line, a public park perched atop an abandoned elevated rail line that was once seen as a blight on the city's West Side. The park was inspired by the vision of a pair of ordinary New Yorkers, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, who live, r...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/high-line-new-york-citys-p...

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