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The High Line The Highlights
The High Line has become one of New York's most popular attractions and it is on the route of your hop on hop off bus. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Inspired a similar project in Paris, the High Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and rails-to-trails park. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center.
Repurposing of the railway into an urban park began construction in 2006, with the first phase opening in 2009, and the second phase opening in 2011. The third and final phase officially opened to the public on September 21, 2014. The project has spurred real estate development in the neighborhoods that lie along the line, and increased real estate values and prices along the route, as a "halo effect". As of September 2014, the park gets nearly 5 million visitors annually. High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
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