Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I love New York

We love to go to New York, which we do several times a year. During one of our visits, we walked the High Line.  Incredible and breathtaking! Here is a bit of the High Line's history. If you find this interesting, you may read more on-line.

"The freight trains that traveled through Manhattan's largest industrial area in the 1930s were endangering the population to the point where the City elevated the tracks above ground. The 22-block "High Line" ran from W. 34th Street south to St. John's Park Terminal at Spring Street and maximized the city's flow of goods and produce. By 1980, the final train carried three carloads of frozen turkeys. The High Line's days were numbered as it deteriorated and its tracks covered over with overgrown weeds.

In 1999 when Robert Hammond and Josh David learned that the High Line might face demolition, the two visionaries founded the community-based, non-profit Friends of the High Line organization. Its purpose was to turn the structure into an elevated public park. Later joined by the City of New York, thousands of volunteers, celebrity backers and a $170 million budget, their efforts produced the rebirth of the High Line. Section 1, which runs from Gansevoort Street to W. 20th opened as a public park in June 2009. The W. 20th to 30th Streets final stretch opened at the end of 2010."

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