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The High Line, New York City - disused elevated railway becomes public walk

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by editor, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've never got to see this, despite being to New York loads of time, but it looks like the 1.5-mile-long disused elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan might finally be turning into a park.

    Anyone been on it?

    http://www.thehighline.org/
     
  2. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    I was going to do it in Feb but a combination of -10º & lack of suficient time made me postpone it for next time.

    Good thread on it here

    Also, photographer Joel Sternfeld did a book on it a few years ago

    Good to hear they're finally going to make something of it, although I'd still like to do it before it becomes a 'public' space.
     
  3. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Coool.

    I didn't think there were any El's left.

    Must go back to NYC soon... been far too long.
     
  4. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Oh and if anyone's into this kind of thing, there's the much more substantial (but arguably not as cool) Petite Ceinture ('the small belt') in Paris. Actually a complete loop of Paris, all abandoned. Quite alot of it's accessible, but still railway owned, so in theory you can get had for railway trespass, at about 170 euros or so.

    Links to pics, below the map, on this page...

    http://w3.teaser.fr/~aquintanar/pc-img.html

    (Sorry, derailing a bit ;) )
     
  5. Bucksta

    Bucksta antidisestablishmentarian

    It's due to open next spring. I can't wait - love NYC parks!
     
  6. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Any reason why that's not actually used as a public transport 'circle line' ? Most cities would kill for something like that.
     
  7. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    I think the metro and RER are seen meeting actual transport need better, although I believe there has been talk of reusung part of it. Don't forget that in Paris Proper, the area within the old walls that the petite ceinture roughly follows, there is a metro station every 100 metres or so. i

    I did actually use it a few times back in the 1970's and 80's and am always surprised at how well maintained the tracks seem to be.
     
  8. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Ah ok, didn't realise it was so far in to the center.
     
  9. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    The new park won't actually have any of the original flora of the weeds and shrubs as photographed ten years ago.

    They wouldn't stand up to being walked on (and I think there was also lawsuit panic about the chemical contamination of the rail ballast) so what is being created as a park is a sort of visual memory of the former planting.

    There was a good feature about the development/ transformation/ gentrification coming in the wake of the new park in the May 7 issue of New York Magazine:

    The High Line: It Brings Good Things to Life
     
  10. dada

    dada :.. ':.. ... ...

    the preliminary design looks awesome.
    i love NY parks too.
     
  11. Detroit City

    Detroit City This post is my opinion..

    do you love the crime and filth also? :D
     
  12. dada

    dada :.. ':.. ... ...

    if you're street smart, you know when and which part of the park you should go.
    plus, i wasn't a tourist.
     
  13. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    Manhattan's High Line's Open

    Opened last month.
    Looks like they've done a very decent job of it too.
    Look forward to visiting it next time I'm there.

    http://www.thehighline.org/

    Some nice videos on there as well, particuarly the one with Photographer Joel Sternfeld who did a lovely book on it when it was still wild.

    http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/videos
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I can't wait to take a walk along this!

    *Threads merged
     
  15. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?


    I thought they'd been a previous thread - couldn't find it - cheers ;)
     
  16. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    The missus and i are in New York for a couple of weeks, and today we took a walk along the High Line. The park currently runs from Gansevoort Street up to 20th Street, but there are plans to extend it further, and you can see that they are working on the still-unopened section.

    They really have done a great job with it. The landscaping and the plants are great, and the whole thing has been done in a way that just makes it a pleasant space to be in. If you lived in the area, it would be a lovely place to bring a book or your lunch, or just sit and take in the sun and the view.

    I thought i'd post a few pics i took of the park itself, and of the city from the park. I only have a netbook with me on this trip, so the pictures have had minimal processing in Irfanview, and are resized quite small. I'll do some better colour correction and post some more (and larger) pictures after we get back to San Diego.


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  17. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

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    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

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  19. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    I approve. Excellent and innovative use of the space.

    No plans to go to NY in the near future, though. :(
     
  20. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    Integrated artwork. We both really liked this.
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  21. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Great photos. I can't *wait* to do this walk.
     
  23. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    The last revenue earning traffic on the line was a few refrigerated boxcars of frozen chickens (I thrive on useless information) - before the line was built , freight trains ran down 9th avenue with a guy on a horse in front with a flag warning of the (steam) trains approach - in those days , Lower Manhatten had buildings (now lofts) making real things. This was known as the 9th Ave Cowboy !

    Cant wait to go again and see it - (could the vegetation be improved with a few bits of guerilla planted "weed" plants - :D)
     
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  25. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    Great stuff.

    My wife was in New York last week, and she said the new section is great.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  27. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    Next time I go to NY I want to walk along the Hi-line.
     
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  28. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Its a great use of disused space in such a crowded city. :cool:

    Similar to the disused railway lines (many of them victim of Beeching I gather) that have been turned into linear parks albeit not as dramatic as one snaking through a city.
     
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  29. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    I'm very annoyed with my local council at the moment as they have destroyed part of a disused railway line and station for yet another student residence (despite 50 objections from local residents on 10 separate grounds). Which is a shame as the council had a track record of returning such lines into use.
     
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