Mar 20, 2012

The High Line and Chelsea Market: A Good Pairing for a Walk

The advent of spring, with its signs of growth and rebirth, is apparent both on the High Line, where volunteers (including me) are cutting away the old growth to reveal fresh blooms, and inside the Chelsea Market, where new tenants are revitalizing the space. A walk to take in both can become an exploration of bounty and surprise, a sensual walk of adventure and sustenance. These places also have some news. Both the High Line and Chelsea Market have recently unveiled plans for expansion, although as we'll see, one plan is much more popular than the other.

A good pairing for a walk: The High Line and Chelsea Market

Walking the High Line for the full round trip from Gansevoort to W. 30th and then back again adds up to a healthy 2-mile walk. Regular walkers of the elevated park look for an excuse to go there. Especially delightful is showing off the park, a model of its kind, to visitors from out of town. And more awaits on its future path. On March 12, landscape architect James Corner (James Corner Field Operations) and Ricardo Scofidio (of Diller Scofidio + Renfro ) of the High Line Design Team presented to the public their dramatic plans for the future Rail Yards section of the park, the stretch from W. 30th St. to W. 34th Street that wraps around the rail yards. (To see the plans, visit this page on the official High Line site.) While we wait for those plans to take shape, we can certainly continue enjoying the seasonal metamorphosis of the park's current configuration. And, by the way, Chicago, don't be jealous. Corner's firm has won the competition to redesign your Navy Pier. (Design Bloom)

A stroll through Chelsea Market. Time check.

If you haven't stopped into Chelsea Market lately, you may want to take a detour from the High Line at the stairs on W. 16th St. and walk through the market for a quick assessment or a sampling. Among the sampling suggestions - the turkey chili or rice bowl at Friedman's Lunch, a gelato combination from L'Arte del Gelato, and/or coffee from Ninth Street Espresso. It's not all about food either. The excellent Posman Books is here as well as a pop-up from Artists & Fleas.

Chelsea Market is eyeing expansion, in the form of a significant new building on top of the current structure and the construction of a new hotel on the Ninth Avenue side. Community opinions on these proposals by developer Jamestown Properties are definitely mixed, according to a March 14 story in ("Chelsea Market Expansion Opposed in Poll Conducted by Project Supporters"). In an article published today, ArchiTakes lays out the problem the market expansion poses for the High Line.

What we learn every day is that the city, like many of its citizens, is a work in progress.

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Walk: The Chelsea Market passage of the High Line may be easily accessed by elevator or stairs near the northeast corner of W. 16th Street and 10th Avenue. Walk down to Gansevoort and then up to W. 30th St. and then back again. An easy and pleasant 2 miles.

 Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from March 2012.

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