June 9, 2014
Great Museums® Television
"Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City,"
begins airing nationally on public television in
New York City's
WNET will air the special as part of "Treasures of
" in primetime on
, the hour-long film showcases the
, a most unusual and unlikely public park. Since opening in 2009, it has become a top global tourist destination, with nearly 5 million visitors annually.
Since 1998, Great Museums' call to action has been
find the museum in your own backyard
. The High Line is a perfect example. "The long, narrow High Line is like a gallery in a museum where the city itself is on display," explains co-executive productive
. "You see the Statue of Liberty looking one way and the Empire State building looking the other."
The mile-and-a half-long High Line offers visitors a carefully curated world of woodlands, thickets, prairies and meadows - floating 30 feet in the air - through 22 blocks of
West Side. It is like a living museum of plants - a
tour de force
of public landscaping - carefully curated atop an abandoned elevated railroad that was saved from the wrecking ball. "We filmed the High Line over the course of two years to capture the full glory of all four seasons," says
, co-executive producer of Great Museums.
"Elevated Thinking" is the story of a grassroots effort, led by Friends of the High Line co-founders
, to buck city hall and save a massive, derelict, mile-and-half-long, freight railway from demolition. Against all odds, they built a coalition of neighbors, real estate developers, philanthropists, and city officials, including the support of the Bloomberg administration. CSX Transportation, which had purchased the High Line 1998, supported the idea of repurposing the High Line and eventually donated the structure to the city. "Many residents thought it was a big, ugly piece of junk in the sky," says Great Museums'
. "Now it's a model for communities everywhere."
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