A study in steps: the High Line

High Line steps/enclos*ure

The arrangement of steps/benches at the 10th Ave. Square seems to be one of the more successful sections of the High Line — if you judge success  at least partly on the visitors’ use of and engagement with the site.

People watch the traffic with real interest, college students share snacks, couples kiss, and (perhaps a mark of a really good landscape structure) pre-teen boys find a way to engage in semi-dangerous horseplay.

High Line steps/enclos*ure

Below: the windows overlook northbound 10th Ave.  (Click any photo for a clearer, larger view.)

High Line steps/enclos*ure

Below: at the back, the High Line walkway continues toward the Chelsea Market Passage.High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

Above and below:  the traffic becomes really interesting when framed out as if on a screen.High Line steps/enclos*ure

Below:  the blue billboard over the avenue is a work of art commissioned for the High Line.High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

Below: the boys were long-jumping from bench to bench.High Line steps/enclos*ure

Above and below:  there’s a little tripping hazard at this turn (in the center of the photos — click to enlarge).  It looks there just wasn’t enough room for the angle to run out.High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

Below:  looking up.High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

High Line steps/enclos*ure

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2 thoughts on “A study in steps: the High Line

  1. What interesting steps! It really makes you stop and think before stepping, I bet! Love that you included pre-teen boys in your description of design success!

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