Warning: lots of photos in this post. I promised yesterday that I’d post a few photos of my trip to see the High Line, a new elevated park in New York City. I hope I didn’t go overboard.
The High Line was built in the 1930’s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. The project gained the City’s support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, created the High Line’s public landscape with guidance from a diverse community of High Line supporters. Construction on the park began in 2006. The first section, from Ganesvoort Street to 20th Street, opened in June 2009.
~Taken from “High Line History” on the [High Line official site].
I couldn’t help the last shot.
Thanks for stopping by, my friends. Until tomorrow, then . . .