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The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930's to elevate dangerous freight trains that served the warehouses in the area off the streets of Manhattan. It was used up until 1980 and thereafter fell into a state of disrepair with weeds growing up through the old rails. It wasn't until 1999 that redevelopment was suggested. In 2004 the fund were allotted and finally in June 2009 part of the new High Line park was opened.
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The High Line park will eventually run from Ganesvoort Street in the Meatpacking District all the way to 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Right now, it is only open from Ganesvoort Street to 20th Street from 7:00am to 10:00pm. I've joked before that 10th Avenue is no man's land. The only things over there in addition to the chic galleries are gas stations, garages and parking lots, things associated with cars since you need one to get there so the High Line park is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
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The High Line was led by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro who did an amazing job combining the old elements with the new. The wildflowers and plantings mimic the types of plants that would have grown up on the derelict railway.

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When I was trying to come up with a witty name for this post, I kept coming back to the old Steve Winwood song, Back in the High Life. It's amazing how the lyrics are perfect for this park in the sky that I hope everyone will make a point to see!

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on to fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last
But when you're born to run
It's hard to just slow down
So don't be surprised to see me
Back in that bright part of town.

I'll be back in the high life again,
All the doors I closed one time will open up again.
I'll be back in the high life again,
All the eyes that watched me one will smile and take me in.
And I'll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And on I'll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again.








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