The High Line, NYC. Our DNA.

2015 marks a milestone for Highline Studios — 10 years that we have been ‘officially’ in business. As such, we found ourselves in a bit of a sentimental mood, revisiting the archives for long untouched footage from a different era, our roots really. And thus, we bring you this, a little walk down memory lane. Highline Studios was named for the High Line when it was still an abandoned, mysterious, elevated railway. At the time, it was a gritty playground, somewhere to escape the frenetic pace of the city, where nature existed on its own terms and played nicely with the constantly evolving backdrops of old NY’s legendary graffiti artists.

This is a window into the west side of Manhattan and the meatpacking district that we loved and miss dearly. Pre-Apple store, pre-Standard Hotel and pre-Citi bikes, when things were a little less accessible, but definitely worth the scramble up and past the fences to the abandoned subway turnstiles and ad hoc sculpture gardens. Layers of bricks, paper-thin peeling factory windows, historic signage and colorful street art will always be the DNA of this neighborhood for us.

Read more about the story behind our footage at Curbed NY and Vanishing New York