I can’t even begin to say enough good things about High Line. Amazing views of New York City, beautiful architecture, pretty gardens, and incredible creativity.
In the 1930s New York City commissioned a raised railroad track for freight trains to service local factories and warehouses. But, by the 1980s use of trains had declined and by much of the raised train system in the city was demolished. The High Line section of the railroad, however, was consistently debated with people lobbying both for the demolition of the tracks and for the protection of the tracks. In 2005 work began to re-purpose the platform as a public park. High Line officially opened to the public in 2009 and has continued to expand over the past four years.
I love it! This is something I’d much rather see done with old buildings and structures than have them demolished or left to waste away. They’re part of our history and worth protecting. More importantly, creating spaces like High Line (re-purposing old buildings and structures) is important for our communities. They function as a way to bring the community together.
They’ve done a beautiful job with the park. Not only do you have the opportunity to experience some breathtaking views, but the architecture around the buildings is exquisite. The old buildings–including apartments, warehouses and churches–adds to the feel of the park. In addition the park, maintains the sense that it was originally a railroad, by have reconstructed train tracks spread throughout portions of the park.