‘The High Line' Lets You Enjoy Manhattan at Skyscraper Height

By: wang fangqing/ Frances Wang - Published: Jun 9, 2009 • References: thehighline.org and straitstimes
Snaking through Manhattan’s fashionable West Side, the newly opened High Line Park offers views of the Hudson River at skyscraper level. The vegetation-covered park is a hot topic in New York City right now following its June 9 reopening party.

The original art-deco railing, which was built in the 1930s, was kept by the design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The updated features are composed of new pathways and seating as well as fresh vegetation.

Used as a railway line carrying freight in New York’s Meatpacking District before 1980, the 1.45-mile High Line was under the threat of demolition 10 years ago. Thanks to generous supporters of the community, a re-design project, which cost US $152 million, got the city’s support in 2002.

The second section of the High Line Park, which will stretch 10 city blocks, is scheduled to be completed in 2010.