"Do not trespass on the railway": an old-fashioned deal!

The High Line’s Last Section Opens

by Serena L. Rosato
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Who said that trespassing on the railway is always forbidden? Who said that the borderlines in our cities are all unsurmountable? Luckily, sometimes architecture give us the possibility to overstep the limits and daydream, transforming neglected and abandoned areas in lively and wonderful places.

 

The The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. The third and northernmost section on the park, High Line - The Rail Yards , now opens to the public. 

 

 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park’s landscape.

The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape entailed more than two years of construction per section in a multi-step process.

 

Let's take a walk! 

 

High Line - Section 3

 

 

High Line - Section 2

 

 

High Line - Section 1

 

 

 

Photo © Friends of the High Line

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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