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Hawke at last night's benefit.

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Ethan Hawke Found the High Line More Romantic When It Was Bum-Infested

Though the High Line has become one of the city's premier date spots, Ethan Hawke is nostalgic for the days when the tracks were even more romantic — quiet, undeveloped, bum-infested. "For dating on the High Line? It’s not as good as it was," the actor told Daily Intelligencer at a Friends of the High Line dinner last night on the Hudson River Park's Pier 57. "When I was younger — I mean, it’s much more beautiful — but my sister used to take dance classes at the Joffrey Ballet, when we were, like, seniors in high school, so my brother and I would pick her up, and we would take her and her friends and we would sneak them up to the High Line and watch the sun set, before it was a park, when all the bums were living up there and stuff." That High Line, Hawke, says, "was the perfect date." 

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