|The newest area along High Line that's starting to grow over the original rails|
In the old days a rail line went from the ports up to mid-town and the track literally ran through buildings to make it easier to drop goods off. However, it was quite dangerous crossing the busy tracks and the strip was known as "Death Avenue" (now 10th Avenue).
|The path along High Line emulates rail tracks|
A small active community group had proposed turning the area into a park, but their idea fell on deaf ears. It wasn't until 2002 when the track was slated for demolition did many New York residents put their energy into pushing the park idea again. Heavyweights like designer Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller pledged millions of dollars to help convert the neglected place into a community-oriented garden.
Finally in 2009 it was opened to the public and even more recently an extension was added to High Line and it now goes from Gansevoort Street in the meatpacking district all the way to 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Apparently it will extend further to 34th Street.
|Watching the street view from above|
There's a wide selection of flora and fauna growing along the area too, and it's a pity there are no signs to let people know what's growing out there. Nevertheless it's great to see the giant bumblebees buzzing around and doing their thing; I remarked perhaps in the future there would be High Line honey available.
|Frank Gehry's IAC building at left|
Vendors have started to appear at High Line and one young woman was selling delicious gourmet popsicles. I had papaya passion ($4) while my friend had cucumber lime ($3). It was a refreshing way to beat the heat. Another sold black and white images taken from his pinhole camera made of a film canister, while the group Friends of the High Line had books about the project for sale and got people interested in volunteering or donating.
It was just so wonderful to see a dead space come to life again through community efforts and the result is a beautifully executed area that has become a tourist spot and brings back energy to the area again.
|The Standard Hotel hovering over the High Line|