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Franka Potente's Favorite Street

The High Line, Evan Sung

Photos by Evan Sung

The High Line is flanked by plants and grasses such as blazing-star.

The world first met Franka Potente in the 1998 crime flick Run Lola Run, in which the German-born actress dashes through Berlin trying to bail out her criminal boyfriend. Potente brought a compelling blend of power and vulnerability to the role, an approach she’s since explored in the Bourne series and on TV dramas House and The Shield. This month, she stars as a brothel madam on BBC America’s first original series, Copper, which debuts August 19 and follows an Irish-American policeman (Tom Weston-Jones) as he patrols NYC’s tough Five Points neighborhood in the 1860s. Speaking of Gotham, Potente’s favorite street isn’t really a street at all. Since opening in 2009, the High Line—a former railroad spur-turned-elevated greenway in Manhattan—has compelled the star to walk (not run) along its pebble paths.

“I love the High Line’s symbiosis of nature and urban living,” says Potente. “It’s a forgotten spot that has been revived in the most beautiful, poetic way.”

“Close to the High Line are a few places I can recommend, such as the Cookshop on 10th Avenue for breakfast or brunch. Delicious food and great Bloody Marys.”

“I like Printed Matter—also on 10th—a bookstore -gallery hybrid,” the actress says. “For clothes shopping, I like Zadig & Voltaire and Earnest Sewn.”

“I love The Standard Hotel for its biergarten; nothing’s better than playing ping-pong and sipping cold beer afterward. I like watching the guys in suits loosen their ties and play after work.”


The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St.      Earnest Sewn, 821 Washington St.      Cookshop, 156 10th Ave.


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