Tuesday, June 09, 2009

New York City's High Line Linear Park Opens

After 10 years of struggle, planning, fund raising, design and construction, the High Line - a linear park on an abandoned elevated railroad viaduct in New York City - opens to the public today. WNYC radio reports much concern over how to deal with the crowds expected. Here is a link to a limited, though interesting 360 degree view in today's New York Times. The New York Times article, which is amazingly unsatisfying to me, is here. It does contain a slide show and a short video that give you a feeling for what the new park is like.

WNYC radio has this report and slide show on its blog.

With planting design by Piet Oudolf and landscape design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this new park is unique in the U.S. I can't wait to visit, but I think I'll do that after the need for crowd control has passed.

You can see my earlier post on the history of the High Line project here.

I'm sure beautiful photographic spreads are planned for the coming months, but for now, this is the "news."

Photo: New York Times


  1. You're welcome!

    I suspect the garden will look amazing in the autumn, I have visited Piet Oudolf's gardens at Bury Court and Wisley, here in the UK and the low sun gives the grasses and fading seed heads an 'other world' quality.

    I've added that as a must see the next time I cross the pond.

  2. Now we have two examples of Oudolf's work in NYC - the Highline and the Battery Bosque. Hope to get to both soon.

  3. I have anticipated this for some time and am trying to figure how I see it this summer. I like how the WNYC slide show said that "designers went for an untamed horticultural aesthetic".

  4. Hope you can make it. Let me know if you're coming to town. (I live in Brooklyn during the week.) I'd like to get there soon and take my own photos. Haven't been able to tell much from the ones in the early reports. Don't miss the Battery Bosque is you come.



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