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Lights, camera, action for the grand finale to what is arguably one of the most unique elements of New York City – The High Line. Since its 2009 debut, and after nearly 5 whole years of waiting with bated breath, the third, and final section of Manhattan’s premiere elevated park in West Chelsea  is complete. The High Line at the Rail Yards which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets will be unveiled in all its glory for the public to see on September 21st, 2014. Until now – a walk along the historic freight-rail-line-turned-public-park sadly lands you at the end on West 30th Street, but alas the gates will soon open to reveal the completed remaining section of  railroad tracks to bridge wandering pedestrians all the way to West 34th Street for a unique, and unparalleled look into the fabric of the Meatpacking District. The Rail Yards section is only accessible by crossing the 11th Avenue Bridge for a rare vantage point to take in the beauty of Manhattan’s grids as traffic zooms by underneath, along with an unobstructed view of rows of commuter trains at Hudson Yards.

Opening week festivities to celebrate the $75 million northern most section will feature a culmination of everything we love about the park from live music performances, art and design exhibits and more – all for free. You can wake up with a morning yoga session on the 14th Street passage, followed by a tranquil guided meditation class held on the 22nd Street Steps, or take in a Tai Chi class on the famous 23rd Street lawn. In addition to various health and wellness events, High Line art curator Cecilia Alemani has added newcomers like Ed Ruscha’s large-scale mural Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today sprawled across West 22nd Street, and it will be hard to resist taking an outdoor lunch break with a week of midday hour-long live music performances from world renowned acts like Haitian music sensation Melanie Charles, and NYC’s first and only all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. Existing art installations.


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This Wednesday, May 15th why not take a walk outdoors and enjoy some beautiful art at the same time in Chelsea? Hop over to the High Line to see El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II, the largest outdoor art installation the High Line has seen so far.


Join Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art, and Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator for the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum, for a walking tour of the High Line and hear the story behind Broken Bridge II, the monumental sculpture by West African artist El Anatsui installed on an exterior building wall between West 21st and West 22nd Streets. 


El Anatsui is considered to be one of the foremost contemporary artists of his generation and is known for his intricate sculptures, which are all made of recycled materials mostly collected near his home in Nigeria. He also uses metallic bottle caps, which are culled from discarded Nigerian liquor bottles and woven together with copper wire. El Anatsui hopes that his three-dimensional paintings will evoke the economic and cultural traditions and histories of West Africa. He also hopes his choice of materials with engage viewers to reflect on the role they play in regards to consumer waste and globalization.


For the High Line, Anatsui has made his largest piece of work yet. The Broken Bridge II was originally shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale. You are sure to be amazed when you see this unique piece of art.


After your art fix, stick around the area and head to dinner at one of Chelsea’s best restaurants.


By Elaine Tross, Halstead Property Executive Vice President and Dog Lover

New York may only be 13.4 miles long of island, but the density of shops and stores within the streets can be overwhelming, especially when moving to a new neighborhood. Where are the dog kennels? Hospitals? Which ones are the highest rated and safest for my best friend?

The Chelsea area encompasses the High Line which is currently being expanded (however, pets are not allowed there at this time), and Chelsea Piers, with lots of activities with adults and kids as well. I myself can be spotted bowling here from time to time.

Years of being a pet owner have allowed me to find and share with you the best locations for your pet, from one owner to another. Here are my pet picks for the Chelsea neighborhood:


Chelsea Animal Hospital - 212-924-6116
Animal Hospital of Chelsea - 212-243-3020


Paws In Chelsea - 212-645-7297
D is for Doggy - 212-633-0040
New York Dog Spa & Hotel - 212-243-1199


Chelsea Kennel Club - 212-837-1444
Spot - 212-366-0999
Petco - 212-358-0692


Chelsea Dog Walking & Training - 212-450-0364
Pooch Pals LLC - 212-322-8844
Andrea Arden Dog Training - 212-414-9597


CHELSEA Waterside Dog Run
LEROY Street Dog Run
Jemmy’s Dog Run - 212-538-1884

Visit my Pet Friendly Manhattan Real Estate website for more information.  

Thoughts of Reason to Paws are those of Elaine Tross and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC

YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY:  Live the High Life Above The High Line

This striking duplex penthouse loft floats high above the High Line Park in Downtown’s lively West Chelsea Art District. Take a look at those multi-paned steel casement windows, which wrap around the entire apartment and provide brilliant sunlight and sweeping panoramic views. Inspired by the classic artist’s studios of the 1920s, this signature Carey Tamarkin-designed residence offers 4,100 square feet of indoor and outdoor living, three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and an enormous wrap terrace featuring multiple seating areas and spectacular views. This photo also highlights the high ceilings and wide-plank white oak flooring. This truly is the high life!

So learn more about this property, click here.  

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REASON TO PAWS - New Chelsea Train Yard Deck

By Elaine Tross, Halstead Property Executive Vice President and Dog Lover

As a pet owner myself, I am always looking for new, pet-friendly places to take my dog, Max. Being a city dog, he loves getting out in the city air to socialize with other city dogs, and what is better than the High Line in Manhattan’s Chelsea Neighborhood? Well, in the making since 2006,  Brookfield’s 120,000 square-foot deck — an extraordinary investment for a project that doesn’t yet have any buildings — will span the train yard 65 feet below street level in an irregular rectangle bounded by Ninth and Dyer avenues and West 31st and 33rd streets. Even though it will be a few years before completion, now is the time to invest in real estate in the area in my opinion. Currently they are boasting a $4.5 billion complex including three towers — two for offices and one for residence — and an ambitious, 1.5-acre public plaza designed by High Line Park designer James Corner Field OperationsIf the current High Line can lay any inclination of how this new set up may be, we all know this will be a prime Mecca for outdoor and pet lovers alike.


Thoughts of Reason to Paws are those of Elaine Tross and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC


Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket and The Dark Knight Rises to name a few, is featured in the video below co-starring with Halstead Property’s “Broker to the Stars” Mark Friedman in an exclusive walk-through of an amazing Garden Loft Duplex Condo in the heart of Chelsea only steps from famed High Line Park.

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Definitely a must watch!  What did you think think of the property, let us know below in comments?


Arguably one of the most unique elements of Manhattan just got better.  Friends of the High Line invite you to Movies on the High Line located on High Line Park in Chelsea. Movies from everyone’s favorite decade, the 80’s, will be filmed to reflect the resourcefulness and creativity the new park represents. Kicking off the series Thursday, September 6th is a showing of the always entertaining The Muppets Take Manhattan where Jim Henson’s boisterous little friends try to conquer Broadway head on. On September 13th you’ll need to break out the best (or worst…) of your 80’s wardrobe for the showing of Wild Style from 1983.  Rounding out the series on September 13th is Working Girl for all the finance hopefuls in the crowd. The events are free for all ages, and will be held on the High Line at West 14th Street and start at 7pm. 

Visit their website for more info. 

Photo Courtesy of Chris Bonney


Jersey City apparently currently in talks to create their own version of the High Line looking very similar to the uber-successful Chelsea, NYC edition.  It will be at the intersection of Jersey Avenue and 6th Street, in downtown Jersey City, where there stands an imposing structure of stone and granite towering over the Brownstone-lined street which is a six-block, half mile-long spur of the Pennsylvania Railroad.   See the rendering above for the proposal on what it is rumored to look like.

Jersey City residents and government officials are closer than ever to concluding a 13-yearbattle to acquire the Embankment and turn it into an open space at the center of this urban neighborhood.  We hope this unique structure is completed because it will add even more character to the evolving downtown area of Jersey City! 

Charity in the City 

For those of us in the position to donate either our time and money, or both, there is no greater feeling than lending support to a charity or organization that is near and dear to our hearts.  New York City is well known for its gala’s and charity events, all with amazing contributions to great causes.  We’ve hand picked a few notable events coming up for you to potentially attend: 

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will hold their Fifth Annual Spring Ball on Wednesday April 25th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Founded in 1946, the society supports and funds a wide range of initiatives for research and prevention for all types of cancer.  Fund-raising goes towards patient care, education, and research for prevention, early detection and treatment. This years’ spring ball is sponsored by Gucci and promises a celebrity studded, fashionable night of dinner, dancing and special musical guests to show appreciation for donors generous support.  For more information on this black tie event and the society visit here. 

Friends of the High Line annual spring benefit is Tuesday, May 1st and proceeds from ticket sales will go to continued dedication and maintenance of preserving the beautiful west side public park we’ve all grown to love and enjoy.  With official plans underway for completion of the final phase of the High Line, your contribution will help enhance this space to its greatest potential.  Many would argue there isn’t a better spot to take in unprecedented city view and enjoy a warm summer day than on the High Line.  Ticket info and details on other ways to contribute can be found here. 

MoMa’s Party in the Garden is one of the season’s most highly anticipated events for philanthropists of all ages.  Set inside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, this years party is honoring Michael Lynne, Anna Marie Shapiro and Edgar Wachenheim III and will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd.  If you like to mix A-list celebrity watching with your charitable endeavors, this is the fete for you.  Kanye West and Jay-Z were on hand last year to lend their support with an exciting performance for more than 1,000 guests. Your generous donation will benefit the MoMa’s unparalleled and award winning programs for education of the arts and ongoing conservation of historic art collections. Tickets will be available in April, and you can contact specialevents@moma.org for more information. (Pictured above is Kanye performing to an energetic crowd at last years event) 

Parson’s 2012 Paint It Red Gala is an exciting evening filled with dancing, drinks and both silent and live auctions that provide the famous Parsons Dance school with support for all the ways they help enhance the community. On April 16th, the company will treat attendees to a live dance performance while they enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Festive cocktail attire with a “splash” of red is requested, along with a great attitude ready to dance the night away.  A range of ticket options are available and can be found here.

Your Neighborhood at a Glance: High Line Phase Three Unveiled

The Friends of the High Line unveiled phase three of the High Line Park to the public on Monday. The plans were presented by architect Richard Scofidio and landscape architect James Corner. The duo outlined a multi-phase plan project that’s estimated to cost $90 million and be completed by 2014.

Plans for phase three include three major segments:

The first, the east-west stretch along 30th Street that will be built in its permanent form from the start, will incorporate a crossroads design where phase three meets phase two and the High Line jogs to the left, a grasslands section with seating areas for people to congregate, and the 11th Street Bridge overpass that separates the Eastern Rail Yards from the Western Rail Yards.

The second segment is a curving half-loop that will extend north-south before curving back east that will be developed as an interim walkway before final improvements can be made.

The third and final segment is a passage integration with the tower at the upcoming Hudson Yards complex. The Hudson Yards complex tower will also include public bathrooms.  

To view our neighborhood tour of Chelsea and the current High Line watch our Halstead ProperTV Chelsea Neighborhood tour here.

Who doesn’t love free? Curbed.com has put together a compilation of free art that can be found in and around the city, some of it temporary and some of it permanently here to stay.  Among their list includes a balancing Elephant statue in Union Square, still life structures on the High Line, and the famous obelisk in Central Park.  (Images Courtesy of ny.curbed.com)

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