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Flower Power by the High Line

Event planner’s architectural dreams may blossom.


The area around the High Line is fast becoming Disneyland for starchitects, with buildings on the way by Renzo Piano, Deborah Berke, Morris Adjmi, Frank Gehry, and Robert A.M. Sternand now a socialite floral designer and event planner? A meatpacking-district booster tells us that Robert Isabell, the longtime visionary behind the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute gala (not to mention Jackie O.’s funeral), has formed a company to buy two lots near Jussara Lee’s boutique on Little West 12th Street and is trying to arrange rights to build a block-size structure. Isabell, whose office has long been in the area, admitted that I would like to design a building, but I can’t talk about it until everything is in place.

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