Happy Friday Everyone!
A recent article one TheRealDeal.com led me to write this blog post.. though not directly about real estate, it is just one more amazing reason for your move to New York City! If you have never heard or visited the High Line in New York City, you are truly missing out. The history of the High Line alone will make you over-the-top excited to take another big adventure in Big Apple!
In 1847, the City of New York authorized a street-level railroad running down the now 10th Avenue. Although this allowed trains to easily access the city and deliver freight from Albany to New York City, the tracks proved to be too dangerous due to many accidents on the tracks with horses, pedestrians, trains, etc. 10th Avenue soon became known as “Death Avenue”.
The West Side Improvement Project finally came to an agreement in 1929, after
years of public debate, that the High Line would be created. The High Line was a railroad line that ran above and through the center of blocks from 35th Street all the way down to St. John’s Park Terminal. It was connected directly to factories and warehouses, literally allowing trains to stop inside of the building to drop their freight. Due to the rise of trucking and other means of transportation of goods, the High Line closed multiple parts of the line in the 60’s and trains stopped running completely in 1980.
A group of private property owners who bought property below the High Line in the mid 1980’s threatened for demolition, but a brace Peter Obletz, a Chelsea resident, challenged the efforts in court. In 1999, Friends of the High Line was established by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, residents of the neighborhood, who proposed to use the High Line for public open space. Friends of the High Line gained city support in March of 2002, when City Council resolved for the High Line’s reuse.
In June 2008, the final designed from the High Line reuse design contest were released, and on June 9, 2009 Section 1 of the High Line opened to the public. (Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) The High Line is now home to a beautiful elevated walking “park” with greens, gardens and the best part – it’s open to the public!
Section 2 of the High Line opened just 2 days ago, on June 8th, 2011. It now runs from Gansevoort Street up to West 30th Street. When all sections are completed, the High Line will span a mile and a half, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen.
For more information on the High Line, visit http://www.thehighline.org
If you are interested in moving into the High Line neighborhood, give us a call at Bold New York. We would be more than happy to show you around and find you a comfortable new home in a great neighborhood!