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High Line Construction Chronicles

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When the High Line designers asked the community for input on the third and final section of the elevated park, there was a common desire: keep it wild. So they are. One area will eschew the modern, cleaned-up look of the open High Line to leave the tracks overgrown with nature?a task that is not cheap. Environmental remediation, shoring up the structure, and repairing the tracks brings the cost to $90 million. But High Line mastermind Robert Hammond said visitors relish the industrial parts. "People spend more time looking at the trains than the Hudson. [...] It's the flow of New York. That's how people get in and out. It will disappear in a few years" with the construction of Hudson Yards. [NYT; previously; photo by Vivienne Gucwa/Curbed Flickr pool]