Over the weekend the first phase of High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. The first phase stretches between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. This section of the park introduces exciting new design features that celebrate the unique context surrounding this section of the elevated railway. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design includes familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a children’s exploration area and an interim walkway that wends through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs.
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Mathews Nielsen’s $14.5M streetscape enhancement project for West 125th Street between Old Broadway and the Hudson River in West Harlem is now under construction. Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and dovetailing with the West Harlem Master Plan, the project will provide better public connectivity to the West Harlem Piers park (on the Hudson between St. Clair Place and West 135th Street) and prepares for the future development of Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion.
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Fifth Avenue Steps looking South © OLIN
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has unveiled OLIN’s designs for the four-block-long outdoor plaza that runs in front of its landmark Fifth Avenue façade, from 80th to 84th Streets in Manhattan.
The plan also calls for the creation of new fountains—to replace the deteriorating ones that have been in use since they were built in the 1970s along with the existing plaza. The fountains will be positioned closer to the Museum’s front steps, improving access to its street-level public entrances at 81st and 83rd Streets. The renovated plaza will also feature tree-shaded allées (in place of the current trees that have limited lifespans and low environmental benefits due to their planting conditions), permanent and temporary seating areas, and entirely new, energy-efficient and diffused nighttime lighting. Seasonal planting will be added along the building to provide color and visual interest throughout the year. All of these new features respect and complement the architectural highlights of the landmark façade and the monumental, recently refurbished central stairs. OLIN, the landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, has been retained by the Museum as the lead design consultant for the project.
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