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Here’s a beautiful photo of the High Line in Manhattan from NYER reader @nadifresh. “Such a great way to bring the environment back to the city,” she writes.

Friends of the High Line describe the “linear park” this way:

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

They are also advocating for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

Thank you, @nadifresh!

How do you experience nature in the city? Send one of your favorite NYC nature pics to jeff(at), or tweet it to @NYEnvironment, and we’ll post it!


  • thecitybirder

    That’s not Highland Park. It is the Highline in Manhattan.