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New York High Line

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New York High Line

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.


Before the High Line.



Building the high Line.



The High Line.



The High Line now.



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Alastair Taylor's picture

first photo is hilarious.

Wasn't able to make it on first trip to New York, it's at the top of the list for next trip!

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Melbman's picture

I went there last month and must say it was a very innovate use of space. As a urban park it creates a great pedestrian link, but also green space in a concrete jungle of an area that it occupies.

Hopefully one day the same can be done with the viaduct near Flinders Street.

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High Line Park NYC: Lecture and Panel with Robert Hammond


Main Hall, Melbourne Town Hall  100 Swanston Street  Melbourne 3000

Contact details

03 9658 9965 [email protected]


Dates and times

30/10/2013 Wed: 6pm – 7.30pm Doors open from 5.30pm.



This is a free event



N/A - No bookings

Robert Hammond, the Executive Director of Friends of High Line, will speak about High Line Park, NYC's famous public park built on a historic disused freight line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, owned by City of New York and operated by Friends of the High Line.

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The High Line

Gansevoort St. To W. 30 St. between Washington St. and 11 Ave. Manhattan

The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the rail yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

Know Before You Go

Park rules prohibit:

• Walking on rail tracks, gravel, or plants

• Picking flowers or plants

• Throwing objects

• Sitting or climbing on railings

• Bicycles

• Use of skateboards, skates, or recreational scooters

• Amplified sound, except by permit

• Solicitation

• Commercial activity, except by permit or otherwise authorized

• Littering

• Obstructing entrances or paths

• Drinking alcohol, except in authorized areas

• Filming or photography requiring equipment or exclusive use of an area, except by permit

• Events or gatherings greater than 20 persons, except by permit

• Smoking

• Dogs, except for service dogs

Lol, quite a few rules!



In winter, just love this shot.

Love how they managed to get such tall trees in what is pretty shallow ground. smiley



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I was in New York several years ago and didn't get a chance to check the High Line out, I will definitely not miss visiting it second time round!

A few more photos below:

At night, above and below.

Comfy seating above and with high profile actor Edward Norton on the board of directors of Friends of the High Line (FHL), you know that people will hear about it.

Ed Norton with Kevin Bacon at the High Line.


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