On Wednesday night, the Friends of the High Line held their Summer Benefit at the glorious Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in Manhattan. Domino, the sponsor of the afterparty, invited Ecorazzi to the glittering lobby for drinks, desserts and talk of preservation and public spaces. Steve Carell, Aaron Eckhart, and Edward Norton showed up at the dinner to show their support. Other Big Apple stars involved are Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick and Martha Stewart, along with dozens of artists, designers, architects and magnates (find a complete list here).
The High Line has been plastered on the cover of New York magazines recently (in May David Bowie curated a music festival in its honor), but it’s been around since the ’30s. It’s an elevated train line that ran down 10th Avenue until the 1950s, when the rise of trucking surpassed the rail lines for industrial transport. Parts of it were torn down, but a good, overgrown stretch still exists along the West Side of the city.
Many prominent New Yorkers have thrown their names, efforts and dollars behind the preservation of the High Line, hoping to convert it into an elevated public park. I just love parks that attempt to use and re-purpose parts of industrial infrastructure that would otherwise be demolished or cast aside. In my opinion, it’s that kind of creativity – working with what you’ve got – that’s going to keep environmentalism and preservation vital in our culture. Kudos, Friends! (Ed Norton: CALL ME!)
You can learn more about the High Line vision here.