Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The High Line

I thought I would post a few photos of the recently opened High Line park in New York City. This is a former rail line that was slated to be torn down but has been rescued as an elevated linear park. A short segment of it is now open to the public and I think features a very wonderful design. I can’t wait to visit NYC next so I can check it out. New York City is definitely doing a lot of innovative things the realm of public space, including innovative, forward looking landscape architecture like this, their unique bike rack program, and their new street design manual. Lots of exciting stuff.

Topics: Architecture and Design, Transportation
Cities: New York

10 Responses to “The High Line”

  1. Randy Simes says:

    The High Line is beautiful in so many ways. I can't wait to go back to NYC and see it in person.

  2. Dan Miller says:

    I went to the Urbannexus DC event last month, and it was very worth my time. Highly recommended.

  3. thundermutt says:

    What a great visual pun on cities and decaying infrastructure in that second scene!

    The landscape architect really has a sense of humor: "weeds in a sidewalk" morph into "weeds on a rusting rail line", all ensconced in a preserved and resurrected "living museum" setting.

  4. Alon Levy says:

    Beneath the High Line lies a string of neighborhoods underserved by transit because they lie far to the west of all the subway lines. They used to get good rail service from the High Line, but now the city's more concerned with an elevated park than with mobility.

  5. thundermutt says:

    Alon, I thought the High Line was strictly freight service to the warehouse/industrial district it ran through?

  6. Alon Levy says:

    I think it was freight and passengers at first, but then became freight-only. I'm not sure, though.

  7. Eon Flux says:

    Something similar has been proposed for the Blomingdale Line in Chicago.

    While the idea of more green areas is laudable, the Blomingdale line could have been put to use as mass transit, serving the west side of the City, providing transit to the gentrified West Town area and beyond.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to the Urbanophile for letting us know about the High Line. This is a great asset for New York. All of that shown in the pictures is a fake nature. Everything growing there has been planted. The natural area is wiped out. It was better ten years ago when they left it alone. They could have saved the High Line for a lot less than fifty million dollars. Slated to be torn down? In that case all they needed to do was unslate it to be torn down. That would have cost nothing. All the High Line needed was to be sure the structural steel was not corroding away and there was legal access for people to get there. If they would just leave it alone the natural state will return though to a lesser extent. Apparently the northern part of the High Line is still unbotched. And actually if the line could be used again for transit it would be environmentally sound policy for the big picture.

  9. cjfjapan says:

    The High Line reminds me of what Japanese landscape architects were doing ten years ago.

  10. Alon Levy says:

    Speaking of New York, if you go there, shoot me an email. We should meet face to face sometime.

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