The third and final stretch of the High Line will open to the public tomorrow, marking the end of a 15-year development saga, and availing to pedestrians a seamless 22-block stretch between Gansevoort and 34th streets. Known as High Line at the Rail Yards, the park's final portion stretches from 30th Street and Tenth Avenue, cuts west, and curves north to 34th Street near the West Side Highway. Just one portion of the 1.45-mile-long park, the Tenth Avenue spur, is inaccessible and will remain closed until construction of 10 Hudson Yards is complete in 2015.
Construction on the High Line first began in 2006, so tomorrow's opening is a momentous final chapter for the ambitious public-private venture. Despite the project's maturity, the addition of the third stretch still feels special, expressly in due to its intimate spatial relationship to the rail yards and the impending Hudson Yards mega-development. The third portion opens slightly over two years following its announcement and 34 years following the last use of the cargo train whose tracks are now home to what some hail as the best park in the city, and as a pioneer and triumph of urban regeneration.
· Final Section of the High Line Will Open on September 21 [Curbed]
· High Line [official]
· All High Line coverage [Curbed]