The High Line.

After ten years of advocacy, planning, and construction, section 1 of the High Line (runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) is now open! The complete High Line runs through three of Manhattan’s most dynamic neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton. Built in the 1930s, these neighborhoods were dominated by industrial and transportation uses. Now they are home to art galleries, design studios, retailers, restaurants, museums, and residences.

The High Line is a public park, built and maintained for the benefit of all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. It represents a unique opportunity for members of the community to become involved in the planning of a major public amenity that will serve New York City for years to come. The design process began with an Open Ideas Competition, in 2003 – you can still view all 720 entries into the 2003 Ideas Competition here.

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Site Plan fort High LIne

Site Plan fort High LIne

The High Line’s signature landscape is designed by James Corner Field Operations, with the consultation of planting designer Piet Oudolf. In fall 2008, planting began, with perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees installed in the planting beds of Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street). The High Line’s plantings are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the trains stopped running. The landscape architects chose species for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park landscape. The 210 species in Section 1 bloom from late January to mid-November.

Planting the High Line

Planting the High Line

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