When the High Line first opened a friend invited me to join her on a walk along the new promenade’s first few blocks. Something about moving along an extended path at a certain height made me want to reach out and touch the urban landscape stretching out on either side – the city was mine! The color palette was particularly striking – old brick, broken glass, and the blue scaffolding covers of sites under construction.
I was surprised to find a significantly different color palette in the second phase of the project: deep oranges and sky blues dominate the landscape. Looking north towards the path’s end, one catches glimpses of the old rail tracks waiting to be transformed into phase III. This time construction is sheathed in the brightest orange scaffolding.