Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NYC's Greenway in the Sky

Yesterday, New York City opened its newest reuse project: an elevated park, situated on old railroad ties, in the West Side that will, in its final glory, meander through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen.  

The High Line has been a mainstay in Manhattan for 75 years and was originally a mile-and-a-half rail line that lifted freight trains carrying cattle and dairy products off of the streets below.  The High Line has faced threats of demolition since the discontinuation of use by trains in 1980, but, in 1999, a non-profit organization called Friends of the High Line set out on a campaign to turn it into an open, public space.  

Construction of the first (of three) section began in 2006.  The park is a network of winding concrete paths blended with "naturalistic plantings" that mimic the vegetation covering the railway after years of no use.  The park will also feature seating, lighting, water features, and views of the streetscape below.

The recommendation?  Take advantage and head out for a lunch break or an evening stroll after work.  It is certainly great to see the creativity driving this endeavor and to watch it come to fruition!

For renderings, images, and more information, check it out here: http://www.thehighline.org/.

Image courtesy of  http://blog.thehighline.org/.

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