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High Line New Renderings Reveal: Phase One

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This morning, for the first time since 2005, we were blessed with new images of The High Line. Coming at you now in a series of three posts, a look at what's arriving soon to West Chelsea's elevated rail tracks. Brace, as they say.

Phase One of The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 20th Street. We've seen some renderings from this stretch before (particularly the Gansevoort-to-15th bit), but nothing like what came to light today. Above, for instance, we have the new sundeck water feature at the 14th Street bend, which features half an inch of running water for barefoot frolicking (and, when the weather's cold, becomes just part of the planking). Click into the photogallery above for the full Phase One overview, including images that make André Balazs' Standard Hotel seem suddenly, dare we say it, passé.

At today's announcement, by the way, Friends of the High Line honcho Robert Hammond re-asserted that Phase One is "on schedule and on budget to open by the end of this year." Be that as it may, it does represent an evolution from the initially expected Fall '08 opening, and leads one to wonder if they might be better served waiting until the tender young blossoms of Spring '09 to cue the masses. Time will tell.

Next: New renderings from Phase Two, which will really blow your mind.
· All Curbed High Line Coverage [Curbed]