Saturday, February 4, 2012

Who Knew: The High Line Has A Homo History

I suppose it makes sense: The area along the now swanky raised park known as the High Line in the Meatpacking District (all too ironic, eh?) used to be the same nabe that offered New York's most deliciously grimy gay haunts, like Spike, the original Eagle and Roxy.

A new book, "High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," tells the storied past of the project and documents its history and the completed park in photos.

Last week, its authors Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of the Friends of the High Line, offered a discussion based on the book, "Behind the Bushes: The Secret Homo History of the High Line," which covered the historical and contemporary relationship between gay men and changing neighborhoods, preservation and design—and how the gay community has influenced and been influenced by the High Line. More about the book here. *