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"A fabulously designed green space! "

This is an elevated railway transformed into a public park located in Manhattan. From lush horticulture to seasonal food vendors, there's so much to see and explore in the park. They have done landscaping so beautiful too. There's also a shopping mall at the end of the park. We loved exploring the creatively designed park!

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High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park created on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, in New York City. Led by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, the design team reimagined the existing infrastructure as a "living system" that draws from multiple disciplines and has become an icon in contemporary landscape architecture. Inspired by the 3-mile-long Promenade plantée , a similar project in Paris completed in 1993, the High Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and rails-to-trails park. Its success has pushed cities nationwide to reimagine obsolete infrastructure as public space.

The High Line Park is built on the disused southern portion of the West Side Line running to the Lower West Side of Manhattan. It runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center. Formerly, the West Side Line went as far south as a railroad terminal at Spring Street, just north of Canal Street. However, most of the southern section was demolished in 1960, with another small portion being demolished in 1991.

Repurposing of the railway into an urban park began in 2006, with the first phase opening in 2009, and the second phase opening in 2011. The third and final phase officially opened to the public on September 21, 2014. A short stub above Tenth Avenue and 30th Street is still unopened as of September 2014, but will open by 2017, once the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project is complete. The project has spurred real estate development in the neighborhoods that lie along the line, and increased real estate values and prices along the route, the result of a "halo effect". As of September 2014, the park gets nearly 5 million visitors annually.


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