Chess on the High Line
Return to the High Line, Jul 2009 - 11
Note: this photo was published as an i llustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "High Line," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-high-dash-line. And it was published in a Mar 29, 2010 blog titled "GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH SAVE-THE-DATE INVITATIONS." It was also published in an undated (Apr 2010) Jim the Trucker blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page.
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 12, 2011 WikiHow blog , with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Aug 3, 2011 "Breaking News blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published as an illustration in an undated (late Dec 2011) Squidoo blog titled "Novelty Chess Sets for Geeks."
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 14, 2012 blog titled "Survey Says! The Complete Online Dating Advice Guide for Men." And it was published in a March 3, 2012 BlogWatch-dot-de blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 11, 2012 blog titled Adult Female Jumping Spider – Phidippus mystaceus
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Mar 10, 2013 blog titled "EN LAS CALLES DE... NUEVA YORK." It was also published as an illustration in an undated (late Mar 2013) Squidoo blog titled "Novelty Chess Sets for Geeks." And it was used as one of several illustrative photos in a website titled AJEDREZPARATODOS.ES
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Jan 13, 2014 blog titled "h 付き合う前の初デートで手をつなぐ方が圧倒的に恋が上手くいく３つの理由."
As I noted in an earlier Flickr album (The High Line - June 2009), a recent Wikipedia article reports that "the High Line is an abandoned 1.45-mile (2.33-km) section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, along the lower west side of ... Manhattan between 34th Street ... and Gansevoort Street in the West Village. The High Line was built in the early 1930s by the New York Central and has been unused as a rail line since 1980. Part of it reopened as a city park on June 8, 2009."
Since its opening in June, the High Line park has gotten quite a lot of publicity -- including a June 10, 2009 Huffington Post blog/article titled "Story of Reusing the City: Welcome to High Line," and a June 15-22, 2009 New York magazine article titled "The Twin Pleasures of the High Line: A Petite New Park, and a District of Lively Architecture" (the online version of which seems to be much more sparsely illustrated than the hard-copy version, though I've just been alerted to the existence of a PDF image of the photos from that New Yorker article, which you can find here).
I made an initial visit to the High Line a few days after it opened, and have now returned -- about 6 weeks later -- to try to catch the sunset glow on the plants and the people. Unfortunately, the sun disappeared behind some huge clouds on the New Jersey skyline just after I arrived, so I didn't get quite the effect that I wanted. But it was interesting to see how much the plants have grown in the brief period since I was last here, and it was interesting also to see the throngs of people enjoying themselves on this warm summer evening.
I think I'll wait until after Labor Day before returning again -- by which time most of the tourists will hopefully have gone home, the crowds will have thinned, and the sunset skies will hopefully be crisper and cleaner...
If you're interested in finding out more, the afore-mentioned Wikipedia article has a number of links to articles and other resources about the past, the present, and the future of the High Line...