The Lowdown on the High Line
by nycgo.com staff, 06/03/2014
"Him and Me" (2014), by Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Part of Archeo, a High Line Commission. Photo: Timothy Schenck. Courtesy, Friends of the High Line
West 26th Street Entrance, Chelsea
This stretch has upscale American dining and galleries galore on the streets, while up at park level, there's more art to view—and the chance to gaze out at the city while putting yourself on display, at the 26th Street Viewing Spur.
Dining: Trestle on Tenth
The airy bar, brick-lined dining room and cozy back garden are for those in the know. Modern American cuisine gets custom accents from Swiss owner-chef Ralf Kuettel. Start with steak tartare with quail egg or pork shoulder crépinette with sautéed spinach. For the main dish, sample calves' liver with potato rostï or goat cheese gnocchi with spinach, black olives and butternut squash. Be sure to try the selection of cheeses and wines.
Arts & Entertainment: Archeo
A series of art projects the length of the High Line has its highest concentration near this entrance. Between West 24th and 25th Streets, Marianne Vitale’s vertical steel Common Crossings takes railroad track components to new contexts. Almost next to each other, just below 26th Street, are Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ Him and Me and Antoine Catala’s Logo to Me and the Others Breathing. The former is a ceramic sculpture nestled in a hammock among the trees, while the latter piece is an upright block with a lunglike core that expands and contracts, suggesting—like the High Line itself does—something living and breathing. The installations are up through May 2015.