Green-Line-park-Manhattan-New-York_dezeen-untappedcities-001All renderings via Dezeen

Announced this past Friday, a proposal by Perkins Eastman for a “Green Line” is getting a considerable amount of buzz. The visionary concept, developed in the hopes of bringing more green space to New York, would combine two urban successes of the last decade – the High Line in Chelsea (2006) and the pedestrianization of Times Square (2009). Akin to the High Line, the Green Line would create a 40-block stretch of urban green public space, and like the pedestrianization of Times Square, it would close off even more of Broadway to vehicular traffic.

Dezeen, who first broke the story, points out that this project would be unique in the cityscape– rather than repurposing underutilized or unused areas, like the abandoned freight train track of the High Line or a trolley terminal for the proposed Lowline Park, the Green Line would convert one of the busiest streets in Manhattan into a park.


Cow - High Line - NYC - Untapped Cities -001Giant Cow High Line. Image via of Friends of High Line.  

We all know New York’s High Line as an iconic, elevated outdoor park overlooking Chelsea’s west side. But what if instead of a green, modern park with picturesque views, it was a fun rollercoaster? Seems crazy, right? But back in 2003, before the vision of the High Line had been fully developed, Friends of the High Line asked the public to submit what they wanted to do with the abandoned freight train track. They organized a competition called, “Designing the High Line.”


It’s almost September and we’ve completely refreshed our monthly picks for the best outdoor art installations with all new selections. While many of our selections from summer will still be live, these are new ones to discover during your explorations of New York City.


High Line-Chelsea-NYC-PhotoThe NYC High Line. Photo via NYC Parks

Since 2009, people have hailed the High Line as the savior of declining west Chelsea, a neighborhood that is now a burgeoning food and art gallery hub of New York City. Lying fallow for years as an abandoned infrastructural element above Chelsea’s streets and storefronts after being used by freight trains for twenty years, it became an overgrown meadow, an unusual sight in the city, and many talked of demolishing it for good.

Thankfully, efforts by the community and various organizations like the nonprofit Friends of the High Line campaigned for its renovation in the late 1990s. After years of planning and construction, the elevated railroad became an elevated park, attracted millions to its picturesque views, and revitalized the entire neighborhood’s economy and real estate. The High Line is an old-fashioned American success, and though its current form is one of the newest attractions in the city, it still has its fair share of secrets.


Above the Line mural High Line Untapped Cities AFineLyne

On the rotating art mural along the High Line, a new work by artist Kerry James Marshall imagines New York City’s water towers as luxury condos and apartments. This isn’t a future that is too far off, with a speakeasy once built into a water tower and a steel tank converted into a rooftop cottage already in the city.


SlideTheCitySummerStreets Untapped Cities AFineLyneSlide the City will arrive to Summer Streets this month. Photo via Slide City website

This Summer we’ve had a plethora of exciting art installations in all five boroughs. Playful, colorful, interactive, life-like, thoughtful and thought-provoking. We’ve been treated to art in public spaces and parks that have never had art before. Here’s what’s new in August, along with other installations in the city that are still up this month: