Formally this mile plus long elevated freight railroad line transported goods from West 34th Street to Clarkson Street in The West Village. It fell into disuse in the early ’80’s. It was abandoned and became a blight; a place for the homeless and other unsavory people to hang out. Mayor Giuliani wanted to disassemble it. Rather, two locals formed “Friends of The High Line” and after ten years of effort and over $100 million it has become a magnificent urban park. With some tracks intact, lush plantings, most-modern benches, art and more it has become a magnet for development and a wonderful place to stroll and relax amidst a colossal building boom. You must do this! You never know what you’ll see up there! Signs, surprises and terrific views. No dogs, tobacco or bikes, thank you!
Bjarke Ingels, a young prolific Danish post-modern architect, has designed a stunning new and unique structure known as Via 57 located at 57th Street and 12th Avenue. It is a residential rental building developed by Durst Corp. containing a gym, pool, bars, restaurants, shopping, fireplaces and lounge areas as well as an outdoor park (in the cut facing the front of the building). Consisting of studio and one bedroom apartments, due to be occupied by “singles” substantially. As has been said, “you never have to leave!”
Located in the “Pack Meeting” District, aka the Meatpacking District, in the building where the Oreo Cookie was invented in 1912 . It is our most spectacular food market. From cupcakes to steamed lobster, cappuccino, or sushi, this extraordinary food lovers paradise is truly breathtaking and the catalyst that helped create this wonderful new and trendy neighborhood. As an additional benefit, The High Line, a beautiful new greenway build on an abandoned freight line railroad trestle, runs right through the old NABISCO building.
Still, after 85 years Rockefeller Center is the centerpiece of “the city.” Sitting on 22 acres with 19 high rise buildings attract millions of visitors annually who enjoy many marvels of those urban planners and architects whose genius have created the pinnacle of urban planning genius. From the spectacular Christmas tree, as a symbol of its centerpiece of New York City, the embellishments of lavish art throughout, Radio City Music Hall, The Rink and The Promenade or “The Channel” all combine to top off the most wondrous urban complex ever.
93 feet wide on each side this 1,396 foot tall building’s roof is currently the tallest edifice in New York City, if you discount the 408’ pole atop the One World Trade building. Incredibly, the Uruguayan architect, Rafael Vinoly’s design was inspired by a 1905 trash can! Currently there are several buildings under construction in the immediate area known as Billionaire’s Row (the 57th Street corridor) that will exceed the roof height of 432 Park. Ten of 432 Park Avenues floors remain empty except for housing the elevator shafts and mechanical necessities. Harry B. Macklow, the builder, paid $400 million for the Drake hotel and he quickly demolished it to make room for this record breaker. Looks like a winner! Way to go New York!
The Grange, Hamilton’s home is located in Harlem (aka Hamilton Heights) at its third location. Visiting this historic home is a step back in time, filled with fascinating exhibits. Hamilton passed away from the wound inflicted by Aaron Burr during their 1804 dual on the day after their fateful encounter. The Morris Jumel mansion (included photo), the oldest home in Manhattan (1765) served as General Washington’s base of operations after the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn. Visit his map or “war room” and enter the bedroom of Mr. Burr who passed away there the day after his divorce from Eliza Jumel. The home is due to undergo restoration and provides a wonderful experience to walk where our founding fathers walked, planned and dined.