Walking the High Line. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Essays by Adam Gopnik and John Stilgoe. Designed by Gerhard Steidl. Steidl and Pace/MacGill Gallery, Gottingen, Germany& New York, 2001. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions.
Along the western edge of Manhattan runs a derelict, 1.3 mile, two-story elevated railroad track, from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street. Sternfeld photographed the changing shades of the seasons for a year, creating a record of a now somewhat controversial piece of land. "It's more of a path than a park," he said one recent afternoon at the beginning of a traverse. "Central Park is really cosmetic in many ways. This is a true time landscape, a railroad ruin. The abandoned place is the place where seasonality resides. These little shoots-see this! This is the real look of Spring...This"-he gestured around the old track bed-"is what Spring in New York actually looks like when it's left up to Spring."--from the essay by Adam Gopnik.