Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The High Line



    Stretching from Gansevoort Street to West 35th Street between 10th and 11th ave , you will find The High Line, a unique park, 30 feet above the street on a historic railroad freight line. The High Line was originally built in the 1930s to connect the then industrial west side of Manhattan. It wasn't until 1980 when the last train was used on it and then the structure sat in a state of neglect and was slated to be demolished. It was 1999 that Friends of the High Line , a neighborhood organization stepped in to save the structure from demolition with plans to turn it into a pedestrian park. In 2002 they gained support from the city of New York and in 2006 construction began on what is now one of the most beautiful and unique parks in the world.

     Today The High Line is considered a major destination. People from all over the the world come to see this landscaped train line. The plants you find there are plants which grew wildly on the tracks during the years of neglect. The architecture is modern yet you can still see the old tracks , combining old and new together in a refreshing way.
      I recommend a stroll on The High Line weather you live in New York or are visiting from somewhere else. You won't be disappointed.            

Text and Photographs by Scott Korn

For more information go to www.thehighline.org