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Near the High Line, a Parking Lot With High Ambition

Posted by: amy on July 08, 2011

Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad / The New York Times

Big plans for the High Line's terminus--currently a parking lot--demonstrate how flexible public spaces can accommodate a fascinating variety of events and activities, creating pop-up neighborhoods in the process.

"Near the High Line, a Parking Lot With High Ambition" by Glenn Collins (The New York Times, May 24, 2011)

It is a pop-up plaza in a vacant parking lot. It is an art installation. It is a food truck food court. It is an alfresco tap room. It is a community event space.

And, right now, it is a parking lot in Manhattan.

But soon it will be transformed into a public gathering spot called the Lot at 30th Street, its organizers, Friends of the High Line, announced on Tuesday.

Click here to read the full article.

The Lot at 30th St is now open!

More information, including a daily roundup of events, is available at the official website of Friends of the High LIne.  The Times' Diner's Journal blog will be reviewing the Lot's gustatory offerings all summer; follow posts here.

How might temporary events--lasting a day, a week, a month, or a season--help accelerate the pace of vacant lot rehabilitation?  Share your ideas and experiences in the comments!

Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad / The New York Times