16 March 2009

A Park in the Sky

In New York City on the Westside an elevated railway known as the High Line is becoming a park in June. The High Line was build in the 1930's to allow trains to get safely to Chelsea and the Meatpacking districts of Manhattan. In the 1980's the last of the trains used the tracks and in the following years nature began to take over with plants, flowers and trees sprouting up. An idea was born to take this urban blithe and turn it into an urban park. The city of New York finally got behind the project and this June the first 1.5 mile part of the High Line will become a public park. It looks like it will become a wonderful place to stroll, to see the city in a different view and allow the senses to become invigorated. To learn more about the High Line and its progress visit the Friends of the High Line. I look forward to my exploration of the High Line on my next visit to "the city".

(image above by Joel Sternfeld)

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