A haven of peace in New York : The Highline
The highline in New York is an upright, linear park located next to the Hudson river in the low western part of the city. It’s 1.45 mile long. ( 2.3km)
Originally, it was a railway used to carry goods to and from Manhattan’s industrial district. It was designed to go through the center of blocks, rather than over the avenue which was constantly blocked because of the traffic. The 10th avenue was even called the “death avenue”.
The last train ran in 1980 because of the growth of trucking industry. The last train carried 3 frozen turkeys. Then some people were against the demolition of this line but some were in favor of doing something rather than leave this abandoned. It was left disused and it became a wild place, a brownfield with weeds growing up from everywhere.
In 1999, an association was created – Friends of the Highline – by Joshua David and Robert Hammond. They wanted to preserve this place and open it as a public park where everyone could unwind.
In 2002, the construction work began.
In 2004, a design team was etablished.
In 2009, the first section ( Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opened to the public.
In 2011, the second section (West 20th Street to West 30th Street) opened to the public.
In 2014, the third section ( the nothernmost) opened to the public.
I discovered this place this summer and I really liked it because it changes from the permanent activity of the city. As it is located next to the Hudson, we can enjoy both the river and the infrastructure that is the Highline. Finally, I think it’s plaeasurable to enjoy another green space than Central Park.