City Scaped

City Scaped

 

Finding green in the big apple isn't hard. It's everywhere. The streets have trees, there are little parklets, and the concrete even allows some weeds to grow through the cracks. But feeling like you're somewhere else, that's not easy. The city is so much the city, that finding an escape within can be nearly impossible.

The High Line of all places just sets you up on another level of the city, but you are always reminded of your presence in urbanity.

While I've walked by this hippie hollowesque green several times, last night was different. I didn't see it from afar, I was on the sidewalk right next to it. All of a sudden I felt like I was in a small town. New York escaped me and I was in the outskirts of Copenhagen or my cousins small town in New Jersey. But I wasn't in New York. For that second the sidewalk, the green, and Morton Williams allowed me to escape the city.

It's important to hold this type of diversity within a city. The reason this moment occurs is because of the surroundings. Morton Williams stands alone as a building and it keeps its distance from the city with its garden. The lush overgrown keeps the city at a distance and keeps itself in the oasis. The block it is placed on also serves to the benefit of the retreat effect. The buildings surrounding the perimeter stand low and far. The taller buildings behind are far enough for it not to read as important to the eye or to perception of place.

 
A City Deconstructed

A City Deconstructed

The Second, Third & Fourth

The Second, Third & Fourth