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Gabi Haindl


Ralph Greene

A Park 25 Feet Above the City Streets

The High Line, New York, NY

6/18/16 3:30 local time

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All cities have parks, but how many have one 25 feet above the city streets? That is exactly what New York City’s High Line is. Opened in 2006, The High Line a 1.45 mile long elevated railroad trestle that has been converted into one of New York’s most popular parks.

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 reach factories and warehouses along its path without disturbing traffic on the streets. Over the years, rail traffic started to decrease, as trucking became the preferred alternative. By 1980 the High Line saw its’ last train. In the late 1990’s, 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. Over the next several years, two more sections were added.


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