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1. The Higher Line

20th to 30th Streets, Tenth to Eleventh Avenues

Because the High Line is about to double in size.


Map by Remie Geoffroi  

Amid fanfare and friction, they built the High Line, and yes, people did come. Now developers, restaurateurs, and shopkeepers are hoping to work the same mojo with the elevated park’s imminent second section, stretching from West 20th Street to West 30th Street. “The first phase debunked the criticism that it wouldn’t be safe, that it wouldn’t be used,” says Vishaan Chakrabarti of Columbia University, a former director of city planning. As evident from the following list of recently risen shops, hotels, nightclubs, galleries, condominiums, and rental buildings, there’s no shortage of interest in High Line 2.0.

1. 500 West 23rd Street
no phone yet
Developer Sam Zell has taken the reins from Shaya Boymelgreen at this unfinished glass-and-concrete-clad rental, where all units come with rooftop-garden access.

2. Amnesia NYC
609 W. 29th St.; 212-643-6464
A 7,000-square-foot Vegas-like club featuring celebrity D.J.’s, fire performers, and aerialists.


3. ’wichcraft
601 W. 26th St.; 212-780-0577
Expecting a boom in the park-picnic trade, Tom Colicchio expands his sandwich empire.

4. 200 Eleventh Avenue
212-727-6164
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are reportedly residents of Annabelle Selldorf’s building, which includes a “sky garage” that whisks residents’ cars right up to their front door.


5. HL23
515 W. 23rd St.; 212-371-3680
Neil Denari’s ecofriendly structure cantilevers over the High Line and is set to open this summer. Eight apartments are still available, including a $12 million, 3,600-square-foot penthouse.

6. Cumi’s Baby Boutique
317 Tenth Ave.; 646-633-5282
Handmade clothing, mostly made with silk and linen, for the toddler set.

7. Avenues: The World School
259 Tenth Ave.; 212-935-5000
The for-profit school, slated to open for the 2012–13 school year, will be run by onetime Yale University president Benno Schmidt and former Phillips Exeter principal Tyler Tingley.


8. Love Gelato
642 W. 28th St.; 212-929-2870
The West Village purveyor of artisanal desserts will soon open a retail counter in Chelsea’s Terminal Warehouse, which also houses galleries and shops.

9. 518 West 27th Street
212-216-0000
The 56-room Hôtel Americano will be the first New York property run by the stylish Mexico City hotelier Grupo Habita.

10. Son Cubano
544 W. 27th St.; 212-366-1640
The meatpacking district’s Havana-themed small-plates joint relocates here this spring.

11. +aRt
537 W. 27th St.; 212-736-4492 (rentals) and 540 W. 28th St.; 212-486-2540 (condos)
A nearly finished mix of high-end rentals and condominiums, with space for an art gallery on the ground floor.

12. Avalon West Chelsea
517 W. 28th St.; 212-309-1612
AvalonBay’s much-discussed, $275 million project is almost under way. Plans include one lobby, two towers, and 691 apartments.


13. Ohm
312 Eleventh Ave.; 212-564-2288
The 360-unit, 37-story rental tower is now 100 percent leased. Residents get exclusive access to in-building concerts hosted by the Knitting Factory.


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