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Sunday, July 27, 2014


The High Line in Chelsea is a victim of it's own success. What once was a quiet oasis above the traffic where Ellen Z. and Ellen S. P. could hear birds singing in the birches, is now a hub of frenzied construction. Buildings on both sides of the garden walkway are springing up, only a few feet on each side of the plantings. (above)
But on a rooftop of a co-op on W. 26th,  two women are making the most of their rooftop space.
They've planted a few veggies and herbs, some ornamentals and vines to soften the industrial look of the walls.
 On the 13th floor, residents can go to relax and view OPG (that's text talk for Other People's Gardens).
What used to be strictly 'tar beach' now has a mix of greenery scattered throughout.


Ilona said...

I do wonder how all the construction near the Highline will affect the light for their plantings.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

excellent point!

BFF Nana said...

Glad to see a visit to the old stomping grounds resulted in some new photos and commentary. Not Bedrock Garden but impressive non the less.

Ellen Zachos said...

Those boxes are pretty! Are they fiberglass?

Ellen Spector Platt said...

yes they are, much like the ones I used to have on 'my' NYC roof garden.

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