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Annik La Farge: On The High Line: A Walk Through New York’s Paris-Inspired Park
Tuesday 02 April 2013, 19:30

Location : The American Library in Paris

Category : Adults

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highline_-_smallestThe High Line opened in 2009 and overnight became one of the New York’s most treasured places, beloved by locals and tourists alike. A 2012 Travel & Leisure reader survey ranked it #10 on a list of the world’s most popular landmarks, right after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

At once a respite from the city and a unique perch from which to observe it, the High Line is a place of endless surprise and delight. It is also a park with a story, a David & Goliath tale of two young men who fought for ten years to fulfill their vision of a world-class “park in the sky,” a 21st century urban greenway that would cut through the heart of one of Manhattan’s oldest and most richly layered historic neighborhoods. And like so many magical places around the world, the High Line had a Parisian muse. From the beginning, Friends of the High Line co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David looked to the Promenade Plantée for inspiration, but their park would end up being very different from the Paris model.

Annik La Farge, author of the new book On the High Line: Exploring American’s Most Original Urban Park, has been writing about the park since 2009. In her talk at the American Library she will present the High Line, using hundreds of archival and contemporary photographs, and will discuss how and why the park became such a stunning success.

About the Author

annik-la-farge_photorick_darke_2012Annik La Farge is a writer, editor, photographer and lifelong New Yorker who lives just above the High Line in the West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. She has been writing about the park since 2009, first on the blog and later in the first illustrated guide, On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park (Thames & Hudson/Norton, May 2012). A former publishing executive, La Farge worked for two decades at Random House and Simon & Schuster.



Copies of Annik's book will be for sale at the event thanks to Shakespeare and Company.