High Line Opened!



From today, June 9th 2009*, the High Line is openend. The project, (a sketch is posted half a year ago on Superuse,) consists of a park on an elevated railroadtrack in New York. Vegetation took over the tracks when the last train passed in 1980.

Instead of getting rid of the green and the structure it is turned into a park. Diverse and variated green spaces are layed out in order to create a slow environment. The High Line looks like its own calm world. The green now floats over streets and cut through city blocks.

The High Line is located on the West Side of Manhattan. The first section runs from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, to West 20th Street, in Chelsea, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.

The High Line sets a good example for old infrastructure. For instance the also Hofpleinlijn running from the Hague – Rotterdam v.v. will stop running this year (2009). After that a 1,9 km long building called The Hofbogen and covering the elevated railroad, will hopefully get a park on top: The Hofpleinparklijn**.

Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

High Line elevated park (design 2005, delivered 2009)

Superused: High Line elevated rail (1930 – 1980)

New York, USA


Picture: http://gothamist.com/2009/06/08/ribbon_officially_cut_at_the_high_l.php

*) http://gothamist.com/2009/06/04/high_line_5.php

**) that one is still my favourite, other: Hofparklijn, or Hofpleinlijnpark, Hofboogpark, etc. check also https://www.superuse.org/story.php?title=High-Line

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