A Photo Essay: The High Line - NYC

Today's blog post is in recognition of the High Line which celebrated its 5th Birthday yesterday. For me, the High Line is one of the best outdoor spaces in NYC and easily one of the best new spaces added to NYC in the last 10+ years. It is loved equally by locals and tourists which is a difficult task for any city to pull off. Every time I visit the High Line, I see something new be it seasonal plants, a new building, a new art exhibition within the High Line, new food vendors, and much much more.

While the full history is available here, I will highlight a couple of key dates:

  • 06.09.2009: Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opens to the public.
  • 06.08.2011: Section 2 (West 20th Street to West 30th Street) opens to the public.
  • 09.20.2012: Groundbreaking is celebrated on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Construction proceeds in three phases, with the first phase projected to open in 2014.

I visited the High Line in March when there was still a little snow here and there. And then I visited again as Spring took hold of the city in early May. Here's some of my photos.

The High Line along 17th St and 10th Ave.

The 10th Ave Square - The amphitheater-style seating provides an excellent place to sit and watch the city unfold beneath you and toward Uptown.

The ramp in the foreground is the Northern Spur - Built to carry trains into the adjacent refrigerated warehouse.

The building on the left is the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Headquarters Building which was completed in 2007. Originally, the desire was to build this "sailboat designed" building over the Hudson River, but it was moved inland once building permits were rejected by the numerous authorities.

Two other views of the IAC Building:

Jean Nouvel's Living Building in the background

These winter-friendly plants took a beating over the long, cold and snowy winter.

Chelsea Thicket

This piece of art always reminds me of the Google Doodle.

The 26th St Viewing Spur - Allowing visitors to view the city as if they were watching a film:

Art work exhibited along the High Line.

Love is in the air!

Plenty of real estate prime for re-development along the High Line.

The future section of the High Line extending over the Hudson Rail Yard.

Early May and the promise of Spring on the High Line: