1 Here I am with sisters Allyn and Susan Magrino.
2 A photo with Greg Blatt - CEO of IAC - In the past, Greg was a general counsel of MSLO.
3 A very nice group shot of Alison Price Becker, Samantha Schabel, Nicole Sutliff, Allyn, me, Susan, and Kelly Galvin before going off to attend my next event.
4 My next event, a benefit for the High Line, that wonderful public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Approaching the High Line - One sees amazing old architecture in the Meatpacking District.
5 This pedestrian bridge was erected by the National Biscuit Company in the early part of the 20th century to join its facility on the south side of W. 15th street with its offices on the north side of the street.
6 Once industrial, this neighborhood surrounding the High Line has drastically changed, now boasting high-end apartments, restaurants, and clothing stores where factories, packing plants, and slaughterhouses once stood.
7 The High Line is owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line, which works tirelessly to raise the essential private funds to keep the High Line operating.
8 The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. This lovely elevated promenade has naturalized plantings inspired by the self-seeded wild plants that were growing the abandoned railway.
9 Built in the 1930s, the High Line was part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement and lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district.
10 The High Line history states that between 1851 and 1929, so many accidents occurred between freight trains and street-level traffic that 10th Avenue became known as Death Avenue. For safety, men on horses, called the West Side Cowboys, rode in front of trains waving red flags.
11 Open in 1934, the 13-mile-long High Line eliminated 105 street-level railroad crossings and connected directly to factories and warehouses, allowing trains to roll right inside those buildings. The streets became much safer.
12 During the 1950s, growth of interstate trucking led to a drop in rail traffic, nationally and on the High Line. In the 1960s,
the southernmost section of the High Line was demolished.
13 No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the rest of this historic structure was under threat of demolition.
14 This very interesting building right near the High Line, the IAC Building, is a Frank Gehry design and is the world headquarters for InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller’s media and Internet empire.
15 Frank Gehry's fanciful design is quite pleasing to look at in a city known for its towering, parallel lines.
16 One more look at the High Line and the IAC Building
17 The 2012 High Line Spring Benefit was held at Hudson River Park's Pier 57 on the West Side Highway at 15th Street, just south of the Chelsea Pier golf driving range.
18 Pier 57 is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. There are plans to turn this space into an innovative hub of cultural, recreational, and public market activities. For now, it's used as a venue for various events.
19 Of course, the paparazzi!
20 In honor of the High Line, the pier was decorated to look like a park.
21 More than 1,100 people attended the Spring Benefit.
22 Attendees included publicist Peggy Siegal and Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo.
23 Dinner was served family style upon yellow covered tables that were decorated with succulents and bromeliads.
24 I sat across from my good friend, plantsman Dan Hinkley and Coco Kopelman
25 Many choices were brought to the table including lobster & crab salad, slow braised short ribs, wild mushroom lasagne, roasted fingerling potatoes, and this spring vegetable pot pie.