The High Line
September 10, 2002 9:46 AM   Subscribe

The High Line is a strip of elevated railroad on Manhattan's West Side, it runs from 34th Street and 12th Avenue to Gansevoort Street in the meatpacking district. It is a treasure now mostly because it's the structure that time forgot. Who'd thought? Discover what could become NYC's highest park.
posted by sierray (17 comments total)

 
That is really, really cool. Thank you.
posted by ColdChef at 9:48 AM on September 10, 2002


Ah, so very cool. It's like discovering ruins or a secret garden. Or both. This makes me want to visit NYC.
posted by frykitty at 9:54 AM on September 10, 2002


That is so beautiful, but at the same time unsettling in a Jerry Cornelius or 12 Monkeys kind of way. Natural renewal over manmade decay: that's a step on the grave for all of us.
Okay that's a bit heavy. On the lighter side, green space in the city is terrific no matter how it comes about. Thanks for this.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 9:57 AM on September 10, 2002


Although I hate big cities, this story made me hate them a bit less. Thanks for the cool link.
posted by Tacodog at 9:59 AM on September 10, 2002


Lovely. Made my day. Thank you.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 10:05 AM on September 10, 2002


Not only are there abandoned tracks, there are abandoned stations as well...
posted by Fabulon7 at 10:06 AM on September 10, 2002


Don't miss a recent trip taken by some mefi folks on the High Line - here and here.
posted by kokogiak at 10:08 AM on September 10, 2002


Oldnyc.com has a good photographic tour. I live down the street, near the southern end. Climbing the Highline at closing time has long been a favored pastime of mine, and I will miss the sense of urban adventure in the decayed surroundings, but overall I have to admit this would be a good thing.
posted by liam at 10:10 AM on September 10, 2002


Rosecrans Baldwin of The Morning News did a photo essay as well.
posted by gen at 10:11 AM on September 10, 2002


wow, great link. I work on 33rd & 10th ave. and the view from my old desk was facing south, perched right over the High Line as it makes the bend downtown (my office building is actually in some of the pics the gallery). It's funny to read how the WSJ writer climbed up to the tracks ... when I would daydream and stare out the window all I wanted to do was climb down to them. It was great to see some green in the wasteland that is west midtown (or "Chelsea North" if you're talking to a real estate broker) and it's even better to see that it may be turned into a real park. thanks for the link (and for giving me something to get my first post out of the way with).
posted by pc_load_letter at 10:15 AM on September 10, 2002


I've been following the highline for a few years (didn't get to go with Alison and Jason on their trip, though, dammit.) and there's been talk here in Manhattan for the better part of a decade about converting the tracks into a park. This article does a great job of quickly reviewing the history.
posted by anildash at 10:55 AM on September 10, 2002


A fantastic link. Every once and a while you read about this structure being taken down, which would be CRIMINAL. I didn't know about the verdant aspect of it, but this rail path must be saved. As an official park, it will not be quite as cool as now, but, helas, way better than nothing. I still remember when the far west side was industrial, and that rail line was used.

Rail lines, even with the rails removed, are magical; walking or cycling on them is sort of like being in a parallel universe filling the same space as the normal one. Perspectives are different. You feel "elsewhere."

Thanks for a link!
posted by ParisParamus at 11:05 AM on September 10, 2002


Absolutely terrific link. Made me stop work for a moment and read the whole article rather then scan it briefly.


Very cool
posted by Addiction at 11:09 AM on September 10, 2002


Upstream of the Big Apple, the Walkway Over the Hudson Project had been another effort in opening a trestle for public use, but the current status of the effort is uncertain.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:11 AM on September 10, 2002


Here's another example of what you can do with an old train bridge.
posted by agaffin at 12:15 PM on September 10, 2002


Be sure not to miss what Paris did with a similar elevated rail line: the Promenade Plantée.
posted by dhartung at 1:57 PM on September 10, 2002


See also...
posted by Fupped Duck at 3:17 PM on September 10, 2002


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