The high life on The High Line

Aerial shot of the highline nyc

The High Line is an elevated railway that was built on Manhattan’s West Side in the 1930s between Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.  After 1980 no trains ran on the track which meant for some time it was under threat of demolition.  A community based non-profit group came to the rescue and set up Friends of the High Line. They worked in partnership with the City of New York to maintain it and in 2005 the railway was donated to the City.

Landscape architects James Corner Field Operations teamed up with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to create the High Line’s public landscape – an elevated park and public walkway. Section 1 of the line re-opened in 2009 and Section 2 is due to open this June.  Photo above by Flickr user ikarus50.


 Historical photo of The High Line in operation

The High Line prior to restoration – photo by Jesse Chehak

Photo by Flickr user lucas_roberts426


 Photo by Flickr user richdrogpa

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 Photo by Flickr user bugbrooklyn

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Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).

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