Gallery: PHOTOS: Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off High Line Section 3 Groundbr...

“Today, we stand at the third and last chapter of the High Line's trilogy. 23 feet in the air, the High Line provides one of the most exhilarating and uplifting experiences of the City, while being strongly grounded in its community,” said City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden. “This third section, with its sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west and the New York City skyline to the east, will become the viewpoint and entrance to a new city, the developing Hudson Yards. The High Line will become part of a continuous network of public open spaces, allowing New Yorkers to walk from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Yards park and boulevard all the way up to Times Square. The High Line is about innovation, and creative ways to repurpose our old infrastructure. The High Line is almost complete, but its story will continue to be an inspiration for city makers around the world.”

“Today we celebrate a major step toward completing our vision of turning the entire High Line into a one-of-a-kind public park,” said Mayor Bloomberg of the commencement of the elevated park’s final section. “The park has become a local treasure and an international icon, as well as an important generator of economic growth for our city. In the decades to come, long after the final section is open to the public, the High Line will serve as a profound reminder of the extraordinary things we can achieve when the public and private sectors work together for the common good.”

While the final section of the High Line is anticipated to look like this as soon as 2014, the stretch of train tracks is currently overgrown with weeds and wildflowers – a sight in itself to behold. New Yorkers interested in witnessing this more natural state of the High Line at the Rail Yards are in luck however as Friends of the High Line, with support from UNIQLO, will be offering tours throughout October.

Free tickets for these “Rail Yards Weekend” tours will be available for October 12th and 13th through the High Line’s website. However, if you can’t wait that long, there will also be $5 sneak previews from 12pm to 4pm on October 6 and 7 for $5 through Open House New York. Reservations will be required for the free October 12th and 13th weekend are required and can be made through the Friends of the High Line event calendar beginning at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 27.

+ Friends of The High Line

Video by and photos by Yuka Yoneda

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