Privacy not on the amenities menu for some High Line residents

July 18, 2011 01:55PM

When the second installment of the High Line opened last month, the word “voyeuristic” popped up more than a few times in reviews describing the park’s coexistence with its architectural surroundings. Well, it turns out that those neighboring buildings New Yorkers have been gawking at from the elevated pathway for the past two months actually have residents, and not all of them wanted to live in a metaphoric fishbowl. “People take pictures and wave at you when you’re alone in your home. We have to keep dark shades up all the time,” Ronni McFadden, who lives eye-level with the High Line at West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue, told the Post. “There’s zero privacy.” According to Carlos Santiago, “it’s a great view, but we can’t enjoy it because we have to keep the shades down at all times, and one of the best things about the apartment was the light.” Santiago lives on the third floor of a walk-up building on the High Line at 28th Street, and recently installed a new security system in his home because of the new park’s proximity and visibility. Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Leonard Steinberg, who is handling sales at the park-bordering 245 10th Avenue, compared the High Line’s eye-level apartments to “the maisonettes on ground-level of Park Avenue, which are top dollar.” [Post]