Heading to the High Line? A Chelsea Resident Has Some Rules to Follow

As per usual, nativist anger runs parallel to any major NYC project. And it seems the High Line is next on the chopping block for neighborhood frustration. 

Contrary to popular belief, people actually live under the epic, mile-long above-ground park that runs from Gansevoort up to West 30th Street. And one of these residents has been making this backlash visual, in flyer-form.

Across the Chelsea area, posters have been spotted that lay out aggressive guidelines for tourists swarming the West Side. The man behind the act told CBS that he would like to remain anonymous and just wants the outsiders to remember that New Yorkers come first. To which we respond: have you ever been to Times Square? And you thought the High Line was bad?

Take a peek at some of these rules and tell Runnin' Scared what you think:

- "Do not sit on the stoops of the buildings, or take pictures of and film buildings or residents." 

Translation: The Big Apple is nice for your viewing pleasure. And that's it.

- "Observe New York sidewalk etiquette. Do not walk more than two people in a row down the sidewalk." 

Translation: New York sidewalk etiquette is a real thing. At least we think so?

- "If you see an empty space, leave it empty. Otherwise there will be no space for New Yorkers. If you love New York, leave it alone." 


- "Please consider how you would feel if 3 million people a year from around the world trampled your street, your neighborhood and your local park and act accordingly - in the way that your morals or religion or general human consideration would dictate." 

Translation: ...You decide.

And the kicker is key: "West Chelsea is not Times Square. It is not a tourist attraction."
There we go.

For a full transcript of the flyers, check out its coverage on Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.

Although nativism can be justified out of annoyance, one must remember that to be a New Yorker, one must be proud of New York. Maybe the High Line is something we should be showing off, not protecting like a first born. 

Times Square, though; the tourists can have that one.


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Unfortunately these Chelseaites live in a thriving tourist stop, and it's only going to get worse because the Whitney's coming, Dia's also coming back, and with all the hoity-toity types moving in and rents still flying through the stratosphere, businesses that cater to them would be insane not to move the older businesses out and pack in like bedbugs! 

Sorry, but it's the price of being at the center of the fabuverse!

Staten Island Bob
Staten Island Bob

You got that right. If you can't stand the heat move to the outer boroughs. Maybe if enough people would stop jumping at the chance to live in high-rent Manhattan apartments the prices would come down, and a few of us average income earners could afford to live there. (I know, keep dreaming.) But then again, with Bohemia only a memory, what's the point anyway? I, for one, would get no pleasure living around the muckety-mucks.

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