It's hard to describe, exactly, the experience of watching a story being transacted and transformed in the span of three minutes. To see the quick trust and connection that develops between storyteller and typist.
San Antonio-born, Princeton-educated business consultant, entrepreneur, and artist Robert Hammond has lived in Manhattan's West Village for several years. Near his apartment was a stretch of the old elevated New York Central Railroad tracks, which had been abandoned since the early 1980's.
Rust is still just rust in places that have come to exist in post-industrialization, but for others: rust is luxury, rust is christened from the landscape of one's hard times up to the decor of the powerful's play areas.
From former factories and warehouses to stately classics and shiny new "starchitecture," the High Line has it all. Here are 10 of the most interesting buildings -- old and new alike -- that line America's favorite urban park.
Hightail it over to the High Line, New York City's answer to the Paris Quai. It is a beautiful inspirational walkway across the vibrant Chelsea skyline, and a great place to pick up Mr. or Mrs. Right (it beats a bar).
The High Line was gay. Now it isn't. Yes, this isn't the complete fault of the new tourist-trap High Line, but by flooding the neighborhood with red-state NASCAR tourists, the park gave what was left of gay territory to them.
I married Bill in my older son's apartment in Manhattan. My younger son, who is an artist and professor -- but also a marriage officiant who can perform services -- married us. He included words from my late husband's prayerbook, an especially moving consecration.