Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I Wore: Urban on Irving Place

 
 Wait for it...
wait for it.
It was eighty-something just yesterday.
Summer?
Is that you?
 
I'm doing my absolute best to take full advantage of the weather before it takes a turn and spikes straight up into the sweaty, muggy 90s, and we're all clamoring to pile into the movies or anywhere with a working air conditioner. Believe me, this city, with its massive population, garbage accumulation, public transportation, and sky-high temperatures...well, need I say more? Except, the great outdoors clearly refers to that mythical land beyond the invisible gates of New York City.
 
But, just two weeks ago, it was still necessary for moderately-heavy jackets and layering.
 Hence, below.  
I found myself on Irving Place in Gramercy that day. There's a small restaurant there, with a gated courtyard, and it's appropriately-named The House. A restored 1854 carriage house, it's charm lies within the wooden floors, a creaky staircase, and its parlor next to the fireplace. It's just the house to sneak into, whether you're dodging your work responsibilities, the slippery heat, the snow trenches, or just an ex-boyfriend who lives in the area.  
  
In terms of the color palette, I returned to my natural roots, my comfort zone: the dark side, if you will. I match my urban surroundings almost impeccably. With a background of black iron, brick, concrete and peek-a-boo tufts of grass, I don onyx, brown, a bit of metal, and a tiny splash of earthy-green.
Sing with me,
 
"She wore a short skirt
&
a loooooooong jacket! "
 
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The Details:
 
1. Black silk dress--Parker
 
2. Black faux-crocodile embossed blazer--Walter
 
3. Brown faux-fur vest with black leather trim--Sanctuary Clothing
 
4. Black pork-pie hat- Forever 21

5. Green EPI Noe XL bucket bag- Louis Vuitton
 
6.. Black platform booties with gold studs-Miu Miu

These heels begged me for their own individual portrait. They REALLY did, I promise.
And you know what? I'm inclined to agree with them--they deserve it. Channeling Babs when I say,
"Hellooooo, gowww-geous!"
 

  Au contraire, mon frere...
 
Yesterday, I soaked up some sun out in a lounge chair with the dogs at the dog park, laid in a hammock up on my rooftop terrace and lazily read, and I concluded the evening with a guided walking tour up and down the High Line. Free tour Tuesdays. 
Free!
Such a powerful, positively delightful word. It rolls off of the tongue.

Photo via Highline.org
 Death Avenue.
 

The High Line, if you're unaware, is a 1-mile long linear elevated park, stretching from Gansevoort street up to 30th on Manhattan's West Side, which begins in the Meatpacking district, heading north through Chelsea. It's a renovated public park, which restored the city's old abandoned freight rail line. Trains ran along 10th Avenue, then referred to as "Death Avenue," as a result of the frequent accidents caused by street-level trains with cars, horses, and pedestrians. Due to consistent outcry, in 1929, the city began constructing an elevated train line, which would no longer present such a hazard to everyday life and simultaneously, alleviate traffic in an already-crowded city.


Image via Highline.org
 You can view the Empire State building in this photo.
Old and modern construction.
    Commencing service in 1934, The High Line, the newly-elevated West Side railroad, provided the delivery and distribution of supplies, vegetables, coal, and meat to the Meatpacking district, where much of the city met daily to supply the city's everyday demands and so forth, chugging up and down the lifeline of Manhattan.

Image via Highline.org
The High Line, ran right beside
 the National Biscuit Company building (Nabisco).
The oreo cookie was actually invented there.
Today, that building still remains, and I walked by it, on the High Line yesterday.
I like it when some things just don't change
in this continually-evolving, developing, changing world.

Image via Highline.org
The current lawn, where people stretch, study, and enjoy the open space.
   
 
    As the country began to depend less and less on freight, the need for and use of the West Side tracks dwindled. In the 80s and 90s, the High Line had been forgotten by most. Weeds overtook.
Graffiti and peeling billboards decorated Tenth Ave. Teenagers snuck in to do God knows what. The far West Side itself was in a state of disarray. Now, it's quite the opposite, serving as a nucleus for fashion and the arts.
New York City has gone to great lengths to transform these once-desolate tracks into artistically and architecturally-praised grounds where people, jog, stroll, participate in free classes, chat with their co-workers after work, enjoy gelato, and so many other leisurely and social activities. Tuesdays, they even set up massive telescopes and invite anyone to view those stars we can so rarely see with the naked eye here.
 
Images via Highline.org
Top:
Notice the remnants of the old tracks in the center of the photograph.
They run throughout most parts of the park.
Bottom:
This is the sundeck portion of the park.
Wooden lounge benches and chairs face the Hudson River,
 making it one of my favorite spots on the West Side.
In fact, one of my favorite views in the city.
Sunsets there make you feel like you're going to burst with contentment.

 
Plant life and art displays are strategically placed all along, allowing each several feet to stand unique from any other section. Read on HERE about the High Line, what it offers, its history, and view some pretty fascinating photographs. You can even sign up to become a volunteer High Line gardener, to aid in their planting and up-keeping, which is a substantial undertaking.

I think that these hands could use a little less touchscreen and texting 
and a bit more of the Earth in them.
 
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