Day Trip: Architectural Tour of NYC Highline

The Highline is a unique NYC’s landmark if only because it allows someone to view the city, buildings, pedestrians from an angle you can’t get when you are walking at street level.  You also get a chance to peek into people’s apartments and see how they live and to enjoy new and old architecture unique to this area.

Below is a list of some significant buildings that you will find along the Highline.  Also check out the park’s activities here.

Avenue School  259 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

The stately building that the High Line’s popular flyover snakes by was designed by the great Modernist architect Cass Gilbert for the R.C. Williams company, a wholesale grocer founded in 1809. On August 1, 1933 a New York Central locomotive pulled up to a loading dock here, making R.C. Williams the very first client of the High Line. Today the renovated warehouse is home to the Avenues World School, which opened in September 2012.

General Theological Seminary 440 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011

The building that looks like a castle on Tenth Avenue is not a school for wizards, it’s the oldest Episcopal seminary in the United States. Endowed in the 1820s by Clement Clarke Moore, author of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (“’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house…”), General Theological Seminary houses the greatest collection of Latin Bibles in the world and boasts a state-of-the-art thermal heating and cooling system.

HL23, 23rd Street   517 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

The metallic, curving building on 23rd Street was opportunistically named HL23. Designed by Los Angeles architect Neil Denari, it’s a rare structure in that it gets wider -– by as much as 40 percent –- as it rises above its much smaller street-level footprint. This design, a result of New York’s strict zoning laws, allows it to lean over its namesake, the High Line.

IAC Building  555 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

This is one of my favorite buildings because of its shape, the way refracts light at night and the location facing the Hudson River.  The undulating glass curtain on 11th Avenue is the IAC building, designed by architect Frank Gehry for Barry Diller’s media empire. Like a piece of sculpture, you must walk around the entire thing to get its full impact. Only from the Hudson River side can you fully appreciate why it’s called “the sail building.” Beautiful always, but particularly at night, the IAC HQ is arguably the most striking piece of architecture along the High Line.

Merchant Refrigerating Building, 501 West 16th Street New York NY 

Merchants Refrigerating Company Warehouse is a building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The structure was completed in 1918. It was designed by Turner Construction Co. in the Renaissance style.  This massive structure was once a refrigerated warehouse used to store dairy, meat, seafood and produce for the Merchant Refrigerating Company. After it was purchased by a developer in the 1980s it took six months for the building to thaw. Once renovated, it became home to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Morgan General Mail Facility, 341 9th Ave, New York, NY 10199


Looked at from above, the first thing you notice about the Morgan General Mail Facility is its huge green roof. It was one of the first in Manhattan and, at 2.5 acres, is one of the largest in the country. Note the bricked-up entrance in lower left corner, once used by mail trains used to deliver letters and packages from all over the USA when the High Line was a freight railroad. 150 years ago a train station stood here; the first passenger to pass through was Abraham Lincoln.

The Standard Hotel 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

The first modern building conceived specifically with the High Line in mind, the Standard became an instant landmark when media reports cited naked frolicking in the windows by hotel guests. Designed by architect Todd Schliemann, it looks like a giant open book. It has perfectly glorious views of the Hudson River from its famous rooftop bar, the Boom Boom Room.

The Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street New york NY 
of Manhattan’s most uniquely beautiful buildings, the Starrett-Lehigh opened in 1931 as a terminal warehouse for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Note its eight miles of windows and zebra-striped water towers. Today it’s occupied by high-profile media, advertising, and fashion companies.
Westyard Distribution Center, 31st – 33rd Streets
This enormous, oddly shaped building is considered a prime example of the style of Brutalism in architecture. Tracks of the Long Island Railroad run underneath the huge structure and connect the West Side Rail Yards with Penn Station. Built in 1970 as a factory, it’s now an office building and home to the Associated Press and New York Daily News.
source: annik la farge huffington post

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