Just wanted to share this interesting information about Highline
President, Real Estate Board of New York.
Thirty years ago it would have been unimaginable in New York City to
transform a defunct elevated railway overgrown with shrubbery and
wildflowers since the 1980s into a world-class park. The inconceivable
has become reality through The High Line, which is generating both jobs
and housing, attracting tourists and creating a great economic boost and
revitalization to Manhattanâ€™s West Side.
The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District
to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Since opening in
2009, more than 10 million people have visited the park which has become
a treasure to locals and tourists alike.
Recently, construction began on the third and final sections called
the High Line at the Rail Yards, which extends one-half mile beyond the
current northern end and run from West 30th Street to West 34th Street and from 10th Avenue to 12th
Avenue. The estimated $90 million extension of the park will proceed in
phases and be financed by a combination of public and private funds.
The first phase of the final section is projected to open to the
public in 2014, and will extend The High Line park to West 34th Street
connecting the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea with the future No.
7 subway station, the Javits Center, and the future Hudson Yards
neighborhood, a Related Companies/Oxford Properties Groupâ€™s project that
is anticipated to start construction later this fall.
The Real Estate Board of New York commends Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Director of the NYC Planning
Department Amanda Burden for this most successful development project
in our city. Revitalization is key to boost our economic climate.Â Â
Design features of the extension will include familiar elements like
the iconic â€œpeel-upâ€ benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering
pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a designated
play area for children, new bench typologies, and an interim walkway
traveling through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers,
native grasses, and shrubs, which will close at dusk. Many of the design
elements will coincide with the unique context created by the future
Hudson Yards neighborhood.
During the ground breaking ceremony on Sept. 20, the Mayor and
Speaker Quinn joined the Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua
David and Robert Hammond and students from Clinton Middle School in
Chelsea to toss native grass and wildflower seeds onto the High Lineâ€™s
existing landscape, which grew up between the rail tracks when the
freight trains stopped running in the 1980s. This self-seeded landscape
will be part of a pedestrian path that will allow the public to directly
experience the wildflowers and grasses that grew between the tracks.
The High Line at the Rail Yards will remain closed to the public for
the duration of construction. However, Friends of the High Line will
open the gates for visitors to explore the site during Rail Yards
Weekends, a series of free and low-cost self-guided tours between Noon
and 4 pm during the first two weekends in October as part of the 10th
Annual Open House New York Weekend. Reservations are required. For the
first weekend the cost is $5, go to www.ohny.org and for the second weekend itâ€™s free, go to www.thehighline.org.
The High Line at Rail Yards project is an important generator of
economic growth of our great city. We look forward to the third and
final phase of The High Line being completed so all may benefit from
this great transformation of Manhattanâ€™s West Side.