There was a unused Railroad called West Side Line, running from Gansevoort Street to the northern edge of West Side Yard, in Manhattan, New York.
Inspired by a similar project in Paris, this line was redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway in 2006 and called the High Line Park.
It runs for 2.33 kms and its first phase opened to public in 2009. The second phase opened in 2011 and finally in 2014, the 3rd phase or the final phase was completed. A short stub, above Tenth Avenue and 30th Street is still closed and will open in 2017.
Opening of this park spurred the real estate development in the neighborhood as this park attracts 5 million visitors annually.
The park is open daily from 7-7 pm in the winter, and 11 pm in summer. The park can be reached through eleven entrances, five of which are accessible to people with disabilities.
The wheelchair-accessible entrances, each with stairs and an elevator, are at Gansevoort, 14th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th Streets.
In 1934, as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line opened to trains to carry goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district. However, after the growth of trucking industry in 80’s the rail line fell in to disuse. The last train ran here in 1980.
Some property owners wanted it to be demolished but a Chelsea resident, named Peter Obletz challenged the demolition.
In 1999, a society called Friends of the High Line was founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, residents of the High Line neighborhood, to push for its preservation and reuse as public open space.
In 2006 work started here and rest as they say is history.
You can visit it any time of the day but my personal favourite, is evening time just before the sunset. It is amazing to see the sun go down slowly in the river.
Definitely not to be missed New York attraction.