Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hitherto Unknown Benefits of Good Urban Planning: Cruising Potential

Thank god for Curbed, or whomever slogs through a nearly 3300-word New York Observer piece about public cruising spots in New York, for digging out this fun tidbit:

High Line Architect: Get Your Cruise On

Yes, New York's recently ratcheted-up love affair with urban planning is producing a raft of mostly bland public spaces. But what does it mean for the gays? In this week's Observer, Choire Sicha speculates.

Read the whole thing, if only so you'll never look at the High Line quite the same way again—especially after this quote from architect Charles Renfro: "While it may sponsor gay cruising, I think it will also sponsor straight cruising and a general sense of pleasure that few public spaces in New York provide at this moment."
· The Great Gay Outdoors [Observer]

Note to Observer editors: Just make a bullet point list of the cruising spots with the funny supporting quotes, the way Time Out would, and maybe someone other than a Curbed intern will read the paper.

P.S. Is it just me, or does that illustration look more like stalking than cruising?