High Line railway
High Line railway rendering
A brand new public “park in the sky” will soon be opening in New York City. The once-abandoned High Line, a 1.5 mile elevated railway that runs along the West Side of Manhattan, has undergone a major face lift.

The High Line was built in 1929 as part of the West Side Improvement Project. The project as a whole was 13 miles long, and intended to eliminate 105 street-level railroad crossings and the accidents between trains, pedestrians, and horses that ensued (so many fatalities occurred that 10th Avenue became known as “Death Avenue”).

The rise of interstate trucking in the 1950’s led to a decline of rail traffic on the High Line – parts of it were torn down in the 1960’s, and the High Line trains eventually stopped running in 1980. Private property owners of land under the High Line lobbied for it’s demolition, but their efforts were met with opposition.

After decades of debate over the fate of the High Line, it was finally decided the abandoned railway would be re-designed as a public park. This amazing new green space, The High Line Sky Park, is set to open this June.

Photos courtesy of Joel Sternfeld
Rendered images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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