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  • Celebrating The High Line's 10th Anniversary

    The High line turned 10 this year! Join us as we look back at the history of one of New York’s most cherished parks:

    In the mid-1800s 10th Avenue was branded “Death Avenue” because of the numerous accidents caused by freight train crossings on street level traffic. To address this problem, the city created a 13-mile-long elevated railroad, which became known as the High Line. Between 1934 & 1980, the elevated trains transported meat to the Meatpacking District, milk & produce to factories and warehouses on Manhattan’s West Side, as well as mail to the main Post Office on 34th Street. The tracks connected directly to different factories and warehouses, allowing trains to roll right into buildings without causing traffic on the street level.

    The original High Line ran from 34th Street (now Hudson Yards) to St. John’s Park Terminal, at Spring Street (now West Village). During the 1960s, the southern section of the tracks were demolished after interstate truck deliveries steadily decreased the need for rail traffic along Manhattan’s West Side. In 1980, the last train ran on the High Line pulling in three carloads of frozen turkeys.

    In the mid-1980s, a group of property owners around the High Line tried to convince the city to demolish the entire structure. Local Chelsea residents, activists and railroad enthusiasts fought the demolition efforts in court for several decades. By 1999, a group called Friends of the High Line was founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond (residents of the High Line neighborhood) to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as an open public space. After winning a lawsuit challenging the city’s plans for complete demolition of the remaining tracks, the group successfully advocated for the repurposing of the structure and space.

    June 9, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the High Line opening to the public. Within a short time, it has become one of the most beloved parks in the city, and is favored by visitors and New Yorkers alike. The park attained almost immediate iconic status. Each part of the 1.5-mile walk through the park gives you a different view of New York from high above: architectural masterpieces, native plants & greenery, art & sculptures, and occasionally, once in a lifetime performances. The park has also become a gallery for watching New Yorkers, who don’t mind being observed while they go on about their lives at home.

    The beautiful park, which stretches from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan, is a design collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Piet Oudolf and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

    Happy Birthday, High Line Park!

  • Essex Crossing: A Development Project Made for New York

    New York's landscape is constantly being shaped by new development projects emerging across the city. Essex Crossing, set for completion in 2020, is the latest project creating a lot of buzz around Manhattan's Lower East Side. Over 1,000 new residences, offices and retail spaces will make up the 1.9 million sqft development, which will also include parks, open green space and other cultural destinations. The International Center of Photography will make the new hub its permanent home, next to a new bowling alley, a movie theatre in the neighborhood. Four major subway lines (F/M/J/Z) will offer easy access to New Yorkers coming from all directions of the city.

    The project is being launched in several phases. One of the two residential towers, The Essex, opened up 98 apartments to renters in 2018, with studio apartments starting at circa 3,750 USD. The luxury apartments include a billiards lounge, a garden terrace, rooftop decks and a small urban farm. Condo sales at the second tower, 242 Broome Street, have been strong. More than 75% of the units, which were designed by the world-renowned SHoP Architects, were sold by the end of 2018. A 1-bedroom apartment in the building, which boasts its own entertainment lounge and panoramic roof top terraces, starts at 1.3 million USD.

    The Market Line at Essex Crossing, is a world-class market with over 150 local vendors that will unite a grocery, a gallery area, and food hall under one roof. The grocery will be the first to open in Spring 2019, occupying one entire city block. Some of the vendors at the current Essex Street Market (home to New York's oldest & legendary mom-and-pop food vendors) have already relocated to new shops at the Market Line, with more to join. The gallery area, which will also occupy its own block, will combine the vibrant Lower East Side art scene with clothing boutiques, independent designers, and a live music venue to create a dynamic cultural destination. The food hall will offer prepared foods in a modern, market-style setting for quick bites and shopping. 2020 can't come soon enough!

  • New York's Hidden Culinary Gems

    New York has its share of Michelin-starred restaurants to which foodies from all over the globe flock to. We also have our fair share of small, unassuming food spots that might not garner as much international fame and in fact prefer a low-key status. Here, the food shines above anything else, much to the approval of locals.

    We have put together a list of three secret tips that will lead you hidden establishments you would not have stumbled across in any travel guide. Add these three local hot spots to your next trip for an authentic NYC experience, and enjoy a delicious meal in the company of the everyday people, who give this city its driving soul:

    In the mood for a taste of the Dominican Republic? Your first treasure hunt leads you to Acuario Cafe, which serves Dominican food in Manhattan's Garment District at 306 W 37th Street. Look for the delivery entrance next to the sewing shop to find your way in. Walk down the long hallway toward the freight elevator, next to which you will find the little restaurant. Favorites here include the stewed goat served with rice and beans, yucca (a root vegetable) with garlicky onions, or roasted pork served with rice and sweet plantains. The authentic Dominican flavors stand out without breaking the bank at this food counter where the Dominican Republic meets NYC’s equally vibrant foodie community.

    Hidden behind a large, unmarked red iron door at 68 Jay Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, you’ll find the tiny Patisserie Burrow. It’s hard to miss, once you find the classic NY-style deli next door. Once inside, follow the sweet scent of freshly baked goods down the hall, towards the Japanese bakery best known for its playful, handcrafted and arty desserts. Croissants are baked fresh every morning, next to perfect sponge cakes which come out of the oven just in time for the early afternoon rush. The creative chef behind Burrow, Ayako Kurokawa, is never short on creative ideas: New recipes bursting with flavor constantly find their way onto the changing menu.

    You have probably heard of those NYC restaurants hidden behind bodegas, a Latin-styled deli. Well, 5 de Mayo Food Market is one of those! The weekend-only taqueria is located at 81-06 Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights, Queens. A quick walk through the colorful fruit & vegetable stands, past the spices and the Cinco de Mayo décor, leaves you at a butcher’s counter where a few seats await diners in the know. Here, tacos filled with crispy or slow-cooked meats are dished up in fresh corn tortillas with crunchy & aromatic toppings. Bienvenidos a México!

  • Mickey's 90th Birthday Bash in Chelsea

    Some of our childhood heroes have already reached old age. Mickey Mouse, for example, is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. To honor the cartoon mouse’s legacy, Disney is opening an immersive exhibition in Chelsea, "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition." Renowned artists, such as Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Shinique Smith have created Mickey-inspired artworks, which will be showing in a temporary pop-up gallery. A few historic pieces and interactive installations will be on display as well. Happy Birthday!
    When: November 11, 2018 to February 10, 2019
    Where: 60 10th Ave. (Manhattan)
    Infos: partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

  • Designer Thomas Heatherwick Puts His Stamp on Chelsea's Skyline

    The design principal domineering most of New York's new real estate developments seem to be mirrored and seamless glass fronts. Naturally, the recently unveiled plans for the construction of two residential towers in Chelsea (Manhattan) drew particular attention. Their unusual look is mainly driven by the barrel-shaped windows, which reference the gridded exteriors of warehouses in the area. The building pair by British designer Thomas Heatherwick will flank the popular High Line Park and fascinate with stunning Hudson River views.

  • Open House New York

    Open House New York, the architecture lovers' favorite holiday, returns with an extra day this year. During the unique event, visitors can take a peek at many NY institutions normally not open to the public. Hundreds of NYC's architectural sites and cultural venues will open their doors from October 12–14 all over the city. Next to a few classics like the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Woolworth Building, several newcomers like the 3 World Trade Center and landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn have been added to the docket. Some sites require reservations, so check out the website to plan your personal Open House weekend: ohny.org/weekend

     

  • Central Park Sculpture

    British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE brings Wind Sculpture (SG) I to the Central Parks southeastern entrance at 60th St. & 5th Ave. The 23-foot-tall piece that’s been hand-painted in colors inspired by the beaches of Lagos takes on the paradoxical task of manifesting the invisible. We can’t see wind, but we do see its effects, like in a piece of fabric, mimicked by the artwork. The sculpture will stick around until Oct 2018.

  • Smoked Watermelon Ham

    Some visitors simply shake their head over the unusual food trends popping up all over New York. The newest, absurd creation is the Smoked Watermelon Ham. It's not the typical dish of melon with prosciutto but rather a watermelon cured and smoked like a ham in a time-intensive process. Duck’s Eatery, the birthplace of this meat-fruit, can only serve two Smoked Watermelon Hams per night. Regardless of the high price tag of $75 its already sold out until November. Apparently, it's delicious!

  • The EL–New York's elevated train from 1878

    Public transportation has always been a tricky topic in New York, now just as much as 150 years ago. Unknown to many of today's visitors is the mass transit solution the city discovered back then, an elevated train soon called the “EL.” Unlike the above ground Subways today, which can mostly be found in Queens and Brooklyn, the original EL used to run along 3rd Avenue, from South Ferry to Grand Central. The first segment opened in 1878 and service was phased out in 1955. The Third Avenue EL was the last elevated line to operate in Manhattan and a frequent backdrop for movies. Those were the days!

  • Outdoor Movie Festival

    New York visitors should not be spending these warm summer days in dark movie theaters. The solution? Outdoor cinema with Rooftop Films. This festival presents an exciting mix of indies, docs, and shorts at changing locations. That means not just secluded parks and rooftops with stunning views but also exciting and unusual screening locations, such as cemeteries and industrial monuments. Roll it!

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