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The High Line – New York’s Latest Attraction

Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meat-packing District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, The High Line was built in the 1930’s and raised freight traffic 30 feet in the air.

Trains stopped running in 1980 and Friends of the High Line, a community
based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition.  Working in partnership with the City of New York and landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, they created the raised park.

The walkway features talking water fountains extolling the virtue of re-hydration, a selection of foliage, grasses and plants and seating areas framed by stainless steel, and modern lighting.  Whilst those living in the apartments at eye level are now struggling for privacy, for many New Yorkers and visitors this beautiful walk brings a little calm and peace to the bustle of the city.

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