Those worried about limited accessibility to the imminently-open High Line (UPDATE: It's opening Tuesday, AMNY reports!) might just be on to something. Last night the Parks Department's High Line project administrator, Michael Bradley, laid out the park rules to Community Board 2. Daily Intel was there, and reports that there's a plan in place to limit High Line occupancy to 1,700 people at one time if things get a bit too overcrowded. And because this is the Meatpacking District, of course there's a club-like wristband policy as well:
During peak periods, access to the facility would be limited to the southernmost entrance at Gansevoort Street and interested visitors would receive wristbands permitting admission to the park at allotted hours. Eventually, Bradley said, a live web link will allow people to check the park’s availability prior to making the trek west.The 1,700-person limit won't be immediately enforced whenever the park decides to open, but its specter lurks just in case things get out of hand. Oh, and will all those boldface High Line supporters get VIP access? "Not unless you get a job with the Parks Department," Bradley insists. Look for gardening overalls to dot DVF's fall collection.
· High Line park to open on Tuesday [AMNY]
· High Line Overcrowding: Only 1,700 Visitors at a Time? [Daily Intel]
· High Line coverage [Curbed] 3:15pm UPDATE: The latest Friends of the High Line newsletter has gone out (online here) and it confirms the June 9 date for the opening of the Gansevoort to West 20th Street section of the park. The hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and here are some other notes: "To ensure public safety during the first days and weeks that the High Line is open, visitors on the High Line will flow from south to north. Please plan on entering the park at the Gansevoort Street access point, unless you are in need of an elevator. Elevator service is available at 16th Street, with another elevator opening in July at 14th Street. You may exit the park at any of the access points (Gansevoort, 14th, 16th, 18th, and 20th Streets)."