Friday, June 6, 2008

The High Life

Please add this to the list of WHY NEW YORK ROCKS!

Friends of the High Line is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line - an abandoned 1.5 mile elevated railway (of the former elevated freight railroad) that runs along the West Side of Manhattan. The High Line was built in the early 1930s by the New York Central and has been unused by freight service since 1980.

Presently, there are plans to turn the High Line into an elevated park or greenway, similar to the Promenade Plantée in Paris. In 2004, the New York City government committed $50 million to establish the proposed park.

As of 2007, Hotel developer Andre Balazs, owner of the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, is building a 337-room hotel straddling the High Line at Little West 12th Street.

This is the kind of stuff I love to see...transformation.

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." - Picasso


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