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Old May 6th, 2011, 02:46 AM   #1
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The High Line Then And Now

The High Line then and now

What today is one of New York's more interesting parks and public spaces was once a lowly elevated freight rail line bringing goods into and out of Manhattan from the tunnels and wharves along the Hudson River. Later, as factories and warehouses slowly vacated the area in Chelsea, the High Line fell to disuse and abandonment. Or did it? Beside the graffiti artists and bums drawn to the fresh palette of an entire rusting infrastructure, there were intrepid and curious explorers who climbed the elevated to enjoy views and spaces unseen or cared about by most New Yorkers. So many in fact that the High Line has been resurrected as a major new urban park and experience. New lofts, condos and hotels have replaced the vacated commercial buildings and the High Line is now chic. This thread celebrates the story of the High Line.

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"Death Avenue"


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During the 1840s, the city of New York mistakenly allowed the building of train tracks along Manhattan's West Side. Soon after, trains and street-level vehicles collided in frequent accidents, leading the Eleventh Avenue freight line to be nicknamed "Death Avenue." To provide more safety, the West Side Cowboys were formed, a contingent of several men on horseback who rode ahead of the trains to signal their arrival. In the 1930s a large project to reconfigure the West Side included the relocation of the dangerous tracks to an elevated High Line. Furthermore, the trains could move through factories and warehouses, delivering and picking up supplies. The trains hummed along until they faced competition with interstate trucks, and the southernmost section was torn up in the 1960s. The last train moved through in 1980. (syscosteve)
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Old May 6th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #3
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Building the High Line 1932

The High Line was built between the years of 1929 and 1934, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 02:58 AM   #4
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The High Line opens



The ceremonial first electric locomotive pulls into St. John's Terminal 1934


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The West Side Railyards


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The High Line at 14th St.


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Gansevoort St.


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Hi-line National Biscuit Company by syscosteve, on Flickr

Nabisco at the High Line


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Merchants refrigerating Warehouse


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Bell Telephone Laboratories


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St. John's Park Terminal

The High Line's original terminus was St. John's Park Terminal on Clarkson Street. The southernmost portion, from Clarkson to Gansevoort Streets, was demolished by the City in portions in the 1960s, and 1990s.
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More terrific photos can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/friendsofthehighline/
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Old May 6th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #5
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Working life: 1940s-60s



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great treat! is the second part now open?
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great treat! is the second part now open?
Getting closer to the opening!

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The Starrett-Lehigh Building, a massive industrial and commercial structure built in 1934 by the Lehigh Valley Railroad to accomodate users of the High Line.





Construction of the Starrett-Lehigh Building




Thw West Side Railyards with the Starrett-Lehigh Building in the backdrop
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excelent this video:

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My pictures from the High Line:





































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Terrific!!
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Terrific!!
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Great thread, I enjoyed it, anyone know about the extension of
park to the 34st?

My contribution. It's a map of the park attached to a support structure of the line

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Old May 9th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #15
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The High Line hummed with freight commerce for the first 20 years after it opened in 1934, doing the job of moving goods from the wharves to factories, warehouses and meat purveyors on the west side of Manhattan. But as the harbor saw traffic decline after World War 2, the line began to decline with it. Piers closed, traffic dropped and factories began to disappear. Bell Labs moved to Northen New Jersey and others followed them out to areas west of the Hudson with better rail and port access to the rest of the US. In their wake, the High Line became disused and partial demolition of the elevated structured began in the 1960s. With recession and New York's poor finances in the 1970s, maintenance and upkeep of the structure vanished and it's last user held out until 1980 before the entire line was basically abandoned. The last train on the High Line carried a load of frozen turkeys.

The line sank into a long period of decay and was largely forgotten.




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In 1990’s, residents of the area, city planners and architects started discussing about what should be done with the remnants of the railroad and in 1999, with the aim of turning area in to a park for the people of the city “Friends of the High Line” was established as a civil movement.

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Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

The project gained the City's support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, created the High Line's public landscape with guidance from a diverse community of High Line supporters. Construction on the park began in 2006. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, opened in June 2009.



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Phase II of the High Line Will Open Next Wednesday
Tuesday, May 31, 2011, by Sara Polsky



Without further ado: the long-awaited Section 2 of the High Line has an official opening date, and that date, according to the latest Friends of the High Line e-mail blast, is Wednesday, June 8. For those without a calendar in reach, that's a week from tomorrow! Excuse us while we go press the exclamation mark key a few more times. We've already gotten sneak peeks at a few of the new phase's features, including the 30th Street Cut-Out, the seating steps, and the Lawn at 23rd Street. Then there are the old renderings of the rest, which we suppose can tide us over a few more days.
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Awesome news. Looking forward to it. How much further will it go?
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Awesome news. Looking forward to it. How much further will it go?
It'll go all the way to Hudson Yards and Phase III will happen in conjunction with the Hudson Yards development.



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