Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New York: The High Line

The High Line is a public park in New York constructed in the track bed of a former elevated rail line. It is narrow, but long; 19 blocks travelling in a north-south direction west of 10th Ave (W 30th St to Gansevoort St). Although it sits above street level, the park is a adjacent to and even travels through neighborhood buildings, interacting with the surrounding built environment all along the way. The northern end of the park is set be extended westward over more abandoned rail lines.

Apartment windows are almost within reach of park visitors and many condos/apts were actively touting the proximity to the park in advertising. Others provide direct access to the park for their residents. There are dozens of stores, restaurants and galleries along the route of the park which touches Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and the southern tip of Hell's Kitchen.

Whitehurst Freeway, anyone? 11th Street Bridge? No need to tear them down, just copy this model.

Here are a few photos from the High Line. It was quite a treat!