New York High Line
The New York City High Line is a one mile city park built on the former elevated railway,
the West Side Line. See the Friends of the High Line’s website http://www.thehighline.org/
The High Line is still under construction. It starts at Gansevoort and Washington Streets and ends at W 30th Street.
The stairs at Gansevoort Street.
New York City set aside US$ 50 million in 2004 to “recycle” the railway line into a city
park. The first section to W 20th Street opened in 2009, and has well established plants.
The old railway tracks can be clearly seen between the plants.
There are many benches along the park, here around W 15th Street.
This plaque, from 2009 when the first section opened, lists all who contributed and the idea behind the project.
There is good access: 9 stairs and 5 lifts along the route, like here at W 14th Street. High Line is wheelchair accessible.
Around W 15th Street.
Water play around W 15th Street.
There are small shops with souvenirs and refreshments around W 16th Street.
At W 17th Street. There are several spots designed to view the street. In the centre, there are benches and large panorama windows.
A photo shoot for some fashion pictures at W 17th Street.
View of 10th Avenue from W 17th Street towards W 18th Street.
Parking in New York can be a challenge, solved here by “stacking” cars between W 18th and W 19th Street.
Making High Line into a city park has spurred real estate development, here around W 20th Street.
Note the netting set up around the construction to prevent things from falling down onto the street.
At around W 21st Street, where the High Line goes very close to buildings. The section from W 20th Street opened in 2011.
W 22nd Street, close to buildings with offices, flats and showrooms for designers. There is no direct access to the buildings from High Line.
There is a lot of art along the route, here at W 22nd Street.
At W 24th Street.
Looking east on W 23rd Street.
High Line runs close to houses, here at around W 24th Street.
View of W 25th Street.
Benches at W 26th Street.
Towards the current end of High Line at W 30th Street.
Looking south from around W 28th Street.
End of the High Line, just around the corner. New York City has set aside US$ 76 million for continuation of the High Line.
Flower and rails.