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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

The New York City High Line

By Margaret S. Hamilton

The New York City High Line, a 1.45-mile elevated walkway bordered by over five hundred species of plants and trees, is a public park built on a historic elevated freight train line on Manhattan’s West Side. Neighborhood residents and the City of New York saved the rail line from demolition in the early 2000s, envisioning a public space celebrating nature, art, and design.

The elevated train line opened in 1934, transporting a high volume of meat, dairy products, produce, and U.S. Mail to the West Side, the tracks running through the Nabisco cookie and other production facilities. With increased use of truck transportation, the train line closed in the early 1980’s. In 1999, CSX opened bids to modify the rail line for recreational use. Friends of the High Line, the organization which still manages the facility, formed and CSX donated the abandoned railway to the city. The first, and southern-most, section opened in 2009. In 2019, the High Line stretches from Gansevoort and Washington Streets in the meat-packing district to 34th Street and 12th Avenue. With fourteen access points, the elevated walkway is fully handicapped accessible. No dogs or wheeled devices (bikes, scooters, roller blades) are permitted.

Inspired by twenty-five years of a self-seeded landscape on the train tracks, garden designers selected perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees appropriate for life in the irrigated planting beds that would attract birds and insects. The plants are left standing all winter, with a large volunteer force cutting them back in March.
Various art installations line the walkways.

The High Line is a cultural phenomenon: a shopping mall and viewing structure anchor the 34th street end of the walkway, with the Chelsea Market near the southern end. Special programs are offered in the summer: salsa dancing, tours, art performances, stargazing, and teen nights.

We walked the High Line one hot summer morning, catching glimpses of the Hudson River as we strolled south. Traffic noise was muted. People were free to amble and rest on benches. I saw city birds—English sparrows and pigeons—though I suspect more species live in the gardens. The planting beds are six to ten feet deep on either side of concrete paver stones. Rain water is captured in the cracks between the stones, and flows into the planting beds. Perennials, which are hybridized prairie wildflowers, bloom in a carefully orchestrated sequence. When we visited the third week of July, coneflowers, the last of the liatris, various sunflowers, and brown-eyed Susans bloomed next to sprawling blue-flowered wild petunias. At the southern end of the high line, an established stand of marsh mallow showed extravagant pink flowers against the tall buildings along the river.

A High Line Network exists, with projects underway or complete in 2019: the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington D.C.; the Presidio Tunnel Tops in San Francisco; the Atlanta BeltLine; the Queensway in the Borough of Queens; River LA in Los Angeles; Buffalo Bayou Project in Houston; and the Dequindre Cut in Detroit.

Readers and writers, do you have a High Line project in your area or have you visited one?


KM Rockwood said...

Great pictures! Anything we can do in the old urban landscapes, which have paved over so much of the land, to encourage appropriate wildlife is great.

Some old railroad right-of-ways have been made into hiking and bike trails, somewhat to the dismay of property owners. In many cases, the original right-of-way agreement stated that if the railroad line were abandoned, the property would revert to the original landowner, but that's not what's happening.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Margaret, for the information and photos of the High Line. I've been reading more and more about it recently and it intrigues me. Would love to see it.

Susan said...

What a wonderful idea to reclaim more green space in the city. Great photos to go with your thoughts!

Kaye George said...

Ingenious re-purposing!

Warren Bull said...

Great photos

Jaden Terrell said...

Wonderful photos, Margaret. Thank you for sharing them, and for giving them context with such interesting details.

I love the artwork, too. Just looking at these photos, you can feel the creative energy!