6/10/2011

New York High Line Extension Revealed

The treasured New York City High Line project is putting the final touches on the completion of Phase 2 of the soon to be 1.5 mile elevated park stretching from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.  Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street.  Section 2, which opened to the public on Wednesday spans from West 20th Street to West 30th Street.



The long awaited second section of the High Line, designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, opened last tuesday for a press preview and ceremonial ribbon cutting.  Built on a former elevated rail line, the park has become a treasure public space in the city with over two million visitors a year since its opening in 2009. The parks success stands as a testament to what can be done with our skeletons of the industrial age.  Hopefully this inspires many cites like Philadelphia to use such gems like abandoned high lines and electric factories to serve as catalyst in reviving and connecting struggling communities.