A sneak preview of Manhattan's new High Line Park A derelict mass of rusty iron and reinforced concrete; a vestige of a bygone era that tore through the West Side of Manhattan; a grim and gritty canopy, sheltering blood-soaked meat packers and transgender prostitutes. Back in 1990, the raised tracks of the High Line, which until 1980 had freighted factory goods between 34th street and Chelsea and Soho downtown did not seem to me like the natural place for a park. Unknown to even the most inquisitive New Yorker, this 1½-mile stretch of abandoned elevated railway had become a secret garden in the sky - a home to saplings, wild grasses and monarch butterflies.
Looking, Moving, Gathering: Functions of the High Line New York's beloved High Line is a machine for generating three types of urban social activity: looking, moving, and gathering. The June 7 inauguration of the second section of the elevated park, designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has doubled the length of the park to one full mile (1.6 km). Cutting an elevated, verdant path through West Chelsea, the High Line now offers doubly abundant opportunities for looking (at the city, at each other, at oneself), moving (aimlessly or purposefully), and gathering (with friends, with strangers, with one's thoughts). Separated by a chicken-wire fence until this week, the first and second sections of the elevated park now blur seamlessly. Completed two years apart, they were designed as a whole.
Children's Museum of Manhattan - Upper West Side - Museums & Sights - Time Out New York Kids Previous Photograph: Marielle SolanChildren's Museum of Manhattan Photograph: David reinfeld 2009Children's Museum of Manhattan Photograph: Imogen BrownChildren's Museum of Manhattan Photograph: Imogen BrownChildren's Museum of Manhattan Photograph: Gaetano SalvadoreChildren's Museum of Manhattan Next Photograph: Marielle Solan Children's Museum of Manhattan Time Out says Anish Kapoor's giant whirlpool installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park Artist Anish Kapoor's Descension – a giant pool of continuously spiralling water – has been unveiled in Brooklyn Bridge Park, marking the official launch of New York's annual NYCxDesign festival. The piece is sited at Pier One of the narrow park, which occupies a post-industrial site that stretches 1.3 miles along Brooklyn's East River edge. Measuring 26 feet (eight metres) in diameter, the pool of water spins in a vortex that appears to collapse at its centre and descend into the ground. The artwork is surrounded by a railing, allowing viewers to peer down into the ominous whirlpool. In a recent interview with Dezeen – in which Kapoor called for artists to engage with issues such as nationalism and Donald Trump – the 63-year-old artist stated that Descension has an "obvious association" with American politics. "In New York at this moment, yes descension!"
The Coolest New Businesses In New York## The U.S. economy may be caught in a stranglehold, but some entrepreneurs decided that 2011 was the right year to turn their business dreams into a reality. We spoke to friends and colleagues, hit the town, and combed the Internet and reader suggestions to bring you the coolest and most innovative businesses that opened in New York City this year. The winners range from a fancy French cookie maker to niche startups. Now, New York is a big city. A First Look At The High Line's Incredible Final Phase Initial details of the third and final leg of the High Line were released at a community meeting yesterday evening. Slated to open in 2014, the estimated $90 million extension of Manhattan’s madly popular railroad-turned-elevated park includes easy access to public transportation, breathtaking views of the Hudson River, and a climbing structure designed explicitly for kids. [The third leg of the High Line crosses under a proposed skyscraper.
The 10 Best Restaurants in New York 2012: Alan Richman Life in New York is fast, noisy, and rude, a welcome reminder that we're in the place we've always wanted to be. Regrettably, this state of perpetual frenzy has extended to our eating habits. Instead of finding comfort in the pleasures of fine dining, we're replicating our workdays by patronizing restaurants that rush us through goopy burgers and soupy pastas. I sometimes wonder if we've lost the will to eat well. New York remains a city of great restaurants—you know the ones I mean. Without them, we would possess a cultural landscape not much different from hundreds of other cities the world cares nothing about.
TRIED & TESTED: THE NOLITAN NEW YORK Most striking feature: The service at this hotel is the best. Before I went there I read on TripAdvisor that they brought a forgotten laptop to the owner who was already at a subway station on the other side of town – ready to leave New York. A few days before you arrive you receive a kind mail to welcome you in the hotel already and to make sure you get the best stay they can by arranging restaurant reservations, bike rentals and even a love package of Kiki de Montparnasse. I was a bit disappointed that this hotel wasn’t in the latest Travel + Leisure best service Awards List. I mean: it’s almost if you’re in Asia, they want to please you with everything.
TRIED & TESTED: THE FAT RADISH NEW YORK May 17th, 2012 Most striking feature: Take a detour to Orchard Street on the Lower East Side because you’ll find the Fat Radish in here. Inside you’ll forget the Chinese shops and restaurants (Chinatown is close by) outside immediately.