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Art on the High Line

The High Line has become one of NYC’s most popular destinations for both tourists and natives. For most of the 20th century, the High Line served as a freight rail line connecting West Side neighborhoods. It seized operation in 1980. After years of demolition threats, the High Line reopened in 2009 as a public park.

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Like many parks across the city, the High Line also acts as a canvas for artists. The park hosts a wide range of artworks including exhibitions, performances, and video programs.

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Currently visitors have the chance to view the work of New York artist, Raymond Pettibon. His billboard, located at 18th Street and 10th Avenue, showcases a large scale drawing of the late Jackie Robinson safely sliding into home plate against the Boston Red Sox. Pettibon takes us back to the days when Robinson and the Dodgers played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. It also reminds visitors of the tension-filled history of the East and West Coasts. “Where Brooklyn at?” was the catch phrase of East Coast rapper, Notorious BIG, made famous when he rap battled West coast rapper Tupac Shakur. And from a baseball standpoint, the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in the late 1950s with the help of Robert Moses, who Pettibon references on the billboard. The billboard will be on display until July 1.

From May 7th to September 24th, free, guided walking tours will be offered every Tuesday at 6:30pm. It’s recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early in order to guarantee a spot. For more info on High Line art and various tours, visit www.thehighline.org or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

 

 

 

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