It's been a while since there's been any mention of the High Line in this space (over five months, to be annoying), but we foresee High Line mania over the next couple days as the preliminary designs of the redevelopment project go on display on the Friends of the High Line website and at the MoMA. Construction on the abandoned rails is scheduled to begin by the end of the year, but the Times points out that the High Line might already be having trouble fitting in. The elevated walkway will have to pass through or by an onslaught of new buildings, including:
1) A 15-story André Balazs hotel at 13th St.
2) A Robert A.M. Stern-designed building between 17th and 18th Sts.
3) A Frank Gehry building between 18th and 19th Sts.
4) Some football stadium or something.
Says Balazs of the High Line: "It poses technical and financial burdens on the hotel, but I think the goal is to embrace it." You know what that means: Outdoor bunkbeds!
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