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

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.