Walking the High Line.
Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Text by Adam Gopnik and John Stilgoe.
55 pp., 24 color illustrations, 10½x8¾".
Along the western edge of Manhattan runs a derelict, 1.3 mile, two-story elevated railroad track, from Thirty-fourth Street to Gansevoort Street. Sternfeld has been photographing the shades of the seasons for the past year now, 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.
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