New York City’s High Line: urban garden and sculptures in pictures
Elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side, founded in 1999, the High Line has become the pride and joy of NYC. It is an urban delight raised above the city streets.
Originally built in the 1930s as part of the West Side Improvement project as a means to mitigate the number of accidents that were occurring between freight trains and street traffic – 10th Avenue had become known as Death Avenue. The High Line solved the problem by lifting the freight traffic 30 feet above the busy streets, removing 105 street level railroad crossings, connecting directly to factories and warehouses and reducing street level traffic. The trains ran for years, but use fell into decline with the growth of interstate trucking. Finally, in 1980, the final train took to the High Line and it was the end of an era.
The people of New York rallied to save the High Line with the Friends of the High Line forming in 1999, fighting to preserve and reopen as public open space. June 9, 2009 sees the first section of the High Line open to the public….and the rest is history!
Colourful Street art:
Art Installations along the High Line:
For more information about the High Line – visit their website.
For something a little more exciting than the parking billboard I saw as I walked along the High Line, check out Billboard Chronicles – Bringing sexy back to Chelsea
Thanks to Travel with Kat for the introduction into FriFotos with here collection from Cabo Verde (400 miles west of Senegal)!