Making friends with the High Line

The High Line was built by the New York Central Railroad between 1929 and 1934 to lift dangerous freight trains from Manhattan’s streets. Originally extending down to the St. John’s Park Teminal at Clarkson Street, the High Line was part of a much larger rail infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement, which eliminated street-level train crossings from Spuyten Duyvil to Lower Manhattan. The High Line’s trains carried meat, produce, and dairy products into warehouses and factories at the third-floor level. It was known as the “Life Line of New York”. (from a High Line exhibit)

Welcome to NYC’s first and only elevated park. The organization Friends of the High Line thoroughly pushed for the preservation of the elevated railroad tracks and turn it into a park at a time when this historical place was about to get demolished from the face of the earth.

The High Line is one of the green initiatives of this city. NYC made a good decision of not getting rid of what became the High Line Park.

New Yorkers don’t hold hands; we just don’t do that outside. But you see that happening on the High Line, and I think that’s the power that public space can have to transform how people experience their city. (Robert Hammond on his TED talk that you can watch HERE)

The park is also a favorite among families…

…brides, photographers, and models alike.

Sunken observation deck. Really cool.

There are lots of kiosks around the High Line that sell refreshments and sweet stuff.

What I particularly love about the High Line is that the surrounding buildings and streets evoke a bygone era. I imagined these buildings in black and white and how life must have been back then . If only these walls could talk.

Funny that some of the apartment windows have this kind of sticker in them.

Ridiculously huge and downright disturbing billboard, I think.

Some sculptures and public art are scattered around the High Line:

Carson, a young man wearing a black leather jacket and tight pants, by Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki
Thomas Houseago, Lying Figure
Sun Tzu Janus, a colorful resin cast of Sun Tzu, the legendary author of The Art of War by Oliver Laric

Apart from the sculptures and various kinds of public art, the brilliant landscaping around the High Line was meant to emphasize the wild plants that grow along the train tracks.

After this visit, the High Line is now one of my favorite parks in the city!


6 thoughts on “Making friends with the High Line

  1. Lovely shots! The High Line is one of my favorite places to hang out in NY. I usually love to sit on a bench and look at people or read a book. I can’t wait to be back in NY this fall :).

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