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29 June 2011

New York's High Line

When we think of New York we think of The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State building and Central Park but why don’t we know much, if anything about the High Line Park?

The High Line used to be an elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line. The line was designed (and used) to lift dangerous freight trains off the streets and last saw a train in 1980. After almost 3 decades laying dormant, a group of New Yorkers put forward an idea for a modern public park.

The first phase of the park was completed in 2009, more recently the second phase has reached completion. The new stretch doubles the length of the park and now reaches 1 mile long finding its way from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street. Highlights include the Wildflower Field between West 26th and West 29th Streets, and the 'Falcone Flyover' between West 25th and West 26th Streets, where a walkway rises eight feet above the line, allowing visitors to walk through a canopy of sumac and magnolia trees and see the city beyond.

To find out more, visit http://www.thehighline.org/


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