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(March 16-25, 2012)

Gabi Haindl

Path to Nowhere

Ralph Greene

The High Line

New York City, New York, USA

March 18, 2012, 4:05 pm

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© 2012 Ralph Greene, All Rights Reserved.

In 1934 New York City opened The High Line, a 13-mile-long elevated railroad system built to eliminate street level railroad crossing on the west side of Manhattan. It allowed trains to roll right inside factories and warehouses along its path and unload without disturbing traffic on the streets. In the 1950s rail traffic started to decrease, as interstate trucking became the preferred transportation alternative. By 1980 the High Line saw it’s last train.

In the late 1990s, a non-profit group, Friends of the High Line, was formed and proposed the Line’s preservation and reuse as a public elevated park. In 2006 construction began and on June 8th, 2009, the southernmost section opened as a city park. Two years later, a second section opened making The High Line a 1-mile-long path through lower Manhattan. A third, 0.45-mile-long, section is planned.

In this photograph, New Yorkers are enjoying The High Line Park on an unusually warm spring afternoon. You can see reconstructed railroad tracks parallel the walking path and the Standard Hotel straddling the park.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm lens. 360 Precision Atome head, PTGui Pro, Photoshop CS5.5.

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