The High Line is a 1.45-mile long park in Manhattan. What makes this park special though, is that it has been built on an elevated section of disused train tracks. These tracks were once the railroad tracks of freight trains, and the High Line portion ran from 34th street to St. John’s Park Terminal. The rail when over blocks and buildings, meaning goods could be transported with less disruption of train. With the growth of automobiles and trucking in the mid 1900s, rail traffic began to drop, and the southern half of the High Line was demolished by the 1960s. The last time the tracks saw use was in 1980. Soon, property owners of the buildings the High Line ran over started lobbying for the demolition of the entire line. Other residents in the area though, fought against this and the line was able to remain not demolished. The construction of the park that now resides on the tracks began on April 10, 2006. The project was split into three phases. Phase one was a the section of the tracks from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street and was completed in 2009, phase two was from 20th Street to 30th Street and was completed in 2011, and phase 3 was from 30th street to 34th Street and was completed in 2014
The High Line is a mixture of plants, concrete, and rails. There are more than 200 species of plants, many of which are rugged meadow plants. The walkways for the High Line are made from concrete, but the way that the paths meanders from side to side and swells and contracts gives it a more naturalistic feel. With almost 5 million visitors in 2014, the High Line is quickly becoming a popular tourist attraction in lower Manhattan.
If you would like to visit the High Line, High Quality Tours can provide a walking tour as well as incorporating it into a private tour just for you. Contact us for more details.