New York City’s High Line: A Fantastic “Linear Park”


The High Line (also known as the High Line Park) is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) New York City linear park built on a section of a  disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Freight Line Inspired by the 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) Promenade plantée, a similar project in Paris completed in 1993, the High Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and rails-to-trails park.

The High Line Park uses the disused southern portion of the West Side Line running to the Lower West Side of Manhattan. It runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center. An unopened spur extends above 30th Street to Tenth Avenue.  Formerly, the High Line went as far south as a railroad terminal to Spring Street just north of Canal Street. However, most of the lower section was demolished in 1960, with another small portion of the lower section being demolished in 1991.

Repurposing of the railway into an urban park began construction in 2006, with the first phase opening in 2009 and the second phase opening in 2011. The third and final phase officially opened to the public on September 21, 2014.

Below is a Slide Show of pictures we took on a recent visit.

1st Section 34th Street. Note they even left the rails.
1st Section 34th Street. Note they even left the rails.
Long Island Railroad Storage Yard
Long Island Railroad Storage Yard
Empire State Building in background
Empire State Building in background
Love that art-deco building in background
Love that art-deco building in background
same building from 10th Ave
same building from 10th Ave
Lots of art along the way
Lots of art along the way
Even a concert
Even a concert
Concert too
Concert too

You might be interested in a blog we published on the 5th Anniversary of the High Line

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