My desire to keep creatively charged and see the vast array of cultural spots around New York City recently led me to the High Line. A public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side; it runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. My son and I checked it out on a perfect autumn day. The park was in full color and it was delightful strolling along the 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure. There were local artists setup selling their work and lounge areas to stop and take in the sun. I read that about three-quarters of the plantings are native to New York and I really enjoyed seeing the variety of texture in the gardens. I’m definitely going to return in the Spring and Summer to see what else is planted. It’s not only the design of the space and plantings that got me interested in the High Line, but the designer of it’s logo. Paula Scher of Pentagram created it and I really admire her work. The simple lines of the track juxtaposed with the chunky text really resonated with me. Why am I showing you someone else’s work? As a designer, it’s my job to see what’s out there, what’s being done well and to keep learning from the best. By studying other designers who inspire me, I can stay current and hopefully increase my value to clients like you.
Oh, and by the way, when you check it out, stop by Bubby’s and have some pie. Our favorite was the banana cream.