A new report from UCLA and the University of Utah surveys High Line Network members on strategies for “greening without gentrification”
What started as an unlikely plan to save an elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side has turned into an extraordinary public space.
The High Line is a 1.5-mile greenway that runs through several New York City neighborhoods. Founded by neighborhood residents, Friends of the High Line partnered with elected leaders, government officials, and supporters to preserve the historic structure and fund the transformation of the High Line into a public space. Today, working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Friends of the High Line manages and operates the park, and raises nearly 100% of its annual operating budget. The High Line puts on more than 400 free programs a year and hosts rotating world-class art exhibits through its High Line Art program. In 2016, the High Line saw more than seven million visitors—one third of them New York City residents. As part of its ongoing commitment to the neighborhood surrounding the park, the High Line offers teen employment opportunities that give teens important training in professional skills—from horticulture to environmental justice.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Opening||Section 1: June 2009
Section 2: June 2011
Section 3: September 2014
Spur: June 2019
|Size||6.7 acres, 1.5 miles|
|Design Team||James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf|
Managed and operated by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the City of New York
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Once slated for demolition, the final section of the High Line park launches as a new platform for art
Last week, the Spur, the final section of the High Line, opened to the public celebrating the 10th anniversary of the park’s opening.
With the High Line’s newest section, the Spur, set to open in April, final work is being done on this offshoot before it officially opens. The plaza offers remarkable views of the city in all four directions and will feature the Plinth, a space for showing monumental works of art.