I suppose it makes sense: The area along the now swanky raised park known as the High Line in the Meatpacking District (all too ironic, eh?) used to be the same nabe that offered New York’s most deliciously grimy gay haunts, like Spike, the original Eagle and Roxy.
A new book, “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky,” tells the storied past of the project and documents its history and the completed park in photos.
Last week, its authors Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of the Friends of the High Line, offered a discussion based on the book, “Behind the Bushes: The Secret Homo History of the High Line,” which covered the historical and contemporary relationship between gay men and changing neighborhoods, preservation and design—and how the gay community has influenced and been influenced by the High Line. More about the book here. *
Ah, how I love summers in New York, relishing every warm day… because heaven knows before I can blink three times, it will be cold and snowy again in this increasingly arctic city. No, really.
Earlier this week, I took a walk through Union Square Park, from 14th to 16th streets, snapping away at New Yorkers doing what we love best when it’s climate-friendly: hanging, people watching and soaking up our urban green spaces.
Union Square Park opened in 1839, and includes the oldest sculpture in all of New York’s parks, a bronze equestrian statue of first U.S. Prez George Washington (right and below). It was dedicated in 1865.Along with Washington, Union Square’s other ornaments include the Marquis de Lafayette (1876), the James Fountain (1881), Abraham Lincoln (1870), the Temperance Fountain figure of Charity and a gruesome statue of Mahatma Gandhi, added in 1986.Held four days a week since 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket offers an outlet for regional family farmers to sell fruits, vegetables & other farm products, and for New Yorkers to pay exorbitant prices for their wonderful wares.