We all know that in a very short amount of time the High Line has had a major impact on west Chelsea. The Times just called it "an economic dynamo" that has raised prices on apartments and pretty much everything else that comes close to it. That dynamo is good for some, and not so good for others.
As the second segment opens tomorrow, I wandered back into Poppy's Terminal Food Shop, up at the uppermost end of the High Line on 10th Ave. and 29th St. A true find, a rare piece of the old city, Poppy's is not Poppy's anymore.
It was sold about six months ago, the counterman told me, though Poppy Livanis still works there. The interior is mostly the same as before, minus one taxidermied deer head, but the sign outside has been whited out and a banner, tangled by the wind, proclaims this space "The High Line Deli." Everybody wants a piece of the action, but how long will this 30-year-old joint last?
Broke-Ass Stuart called it a place gentrification forgot, filled with "freaks, weirdoes, club kids, and lost souls." In New York, Daniel Maurer said "this proletarian corner deli, open since 1981, quietly keeps it real." In short, the former Poppy's is nothing like what the High Liners envision for the neighborhood around their luxury park.
And that goes for this entire world of auto mechanics, flat fixers, gas pumpers, metal scrappers, and taxi medallion salesmen. The High Line will destroy it because it doesn't fit the High Line's image.
foresees restaurants, shops and diversions in the area, given that the once-scruffy, quasi-menacing southern end of the High Line is now a haute shopping and real estate festival that condominium advertisements call 'the prestigious High Line District.'"
In sum: Go say goodbye to Poppy. And try the Gyros Platter. Explore the neighborhood before the prestige bulldozes everything in its path.
Google Maps--circa 2009?
The Upper High Line
New High Line