I’m a lifelong New Yorker and lover of the city’s parks. When I was born my family lived on 106th Street and Riverside Drive. We played in the park every weekend and I remember my father taking us down to the old railway tracks along the Hudson River where we would hunt for all kind of treasures. Today there’s a park there too — Hudson River Park — and a giant locomotive from the New York Central Line sits at around 62nd Street.
When I was six we moved to the east side, just a block from Central Park. Since returning from college I’ve lived all over the city, including in the West Village and on the Upper West Side, across the street (again) from Central Park, but this time in a position to catch the sun rising, not setting, across the treeline.
Today I live just a stone’s throw from the High Line, a totally different — but completely enchanting — park where freight trains of the New York Central also ran, between 1934 and 1980.
For information about my book, On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park, visit the companion website. There you’ll find sample page spreads and much more, including a short video tribute to the “West Side Cowboy” that features rare 1930s footage of a New York Central locomotive steaming down Tenth Avenue. I am currently at work on a new book about Frederic Chopin for Simon & Schuster, Why Chopin: The Enduring Magic of a Romantic Innovator.
I give slideshow lectures about the High Line and conduct private walking tours to groups of all ages. If you’re interested, please email me via the contact form.
The Wall Street Journal, “Home on the High Line, Where Tourists Roam,” interview with Pia Catton [note, if you’re not a subscriber you can read the article by Googling Annik La Farge+ Wall Street Journal and follow the link]