walking tour…


This postcard from 1925 imagines future New York City, “The City of Skyscrapers.” Utopian New York of the 1920s.

A system of elevated trains, beautiful flying contraptions, and towering skyscrapers reaching toward the heavens.

Lesson / Koan : Tradition influences innovation…& Innovation reflects tradition.

Reserve side of the above postcard.

( text from reserve side of postcard )

FUTURE NEW YORK will be pre-eminently the city of skyscrapers. The first steel frame structure that was regarded as a skyscraper was the Tower Building at 50 Broadway, a ten story structure 129 feet high. There are now over a thousand buildings of that height in Manhattan. The best known skyscrapers are the Singer Building, 612 feet high, the Metropolitan Building, 700 feet high; and the Woolworth Tower which towers above them all and rises to a height of 790 feet. The proposed Pan American Building is to be 801 feet high.

BTW,

90 years later in 2010 the only elevated train system on Manhattan is a park called the High Line.  Is a park the future?…or is there always a connection between the past and the future?  The imagery of the above postcard reveals the answers, but when a transportation system fails does it always have a reincarnation?

When something recent happens in New York…it does not mean it is the first time it has ever happened.  New Yorkers, just want everyone to think it is the first time.

The High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) elevated park which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan.

NOTE :

The Promenade Plantée (“walk with trees“) also known as the Coulée verte is a 4.5 km-long (2.8-mile) elevated park in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Promenade plantee

It is a rail trail, constructed on an abandoned 19th-century railway viaduct, which connected the Bastille area to the eastern suburbs of Paris, and ceased operation on December 14, 1969. Conversion to park took place between 1987 and 2000. The parkway runs from the Opéra Bastille (near the junction of Rue de Lyon and Avenue Daumensil) to the eastern city limits, ending up only a short distance from the Bois de Vincennes.

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