Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday morning that all High Line stakeholders have come to an agreement to extend the High Line all the way up to the West Side Rail Yard at 34th street, increasing its length by one third. This transition has been on the minds of everyone for quite some time, and now it looks to be a project that will be implemented “as soon as possible.” Hooray!
The High Line currently runs from Gansevoort Street in the West Village all the way to West 34th Street and 10th Avenue. The undeveloped area between West 30th and West 34th Streets is known as the High Line at the West Side Rail Yard. CSX Transportation, the private rail freight company that owns this section of the High Line, has agreed to donate the last remaining section to the City of New York. The city, in turn, has agreed to preserve the entire structure and transform it into a continuation of the green public walkway that we know and love.
Funds have already partially been raised to support the High Line’s final section. The Diller–Von Furstenberg Family Foundation has made a generous a $20 million commitment, and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation pledged $5 million. Though there is more work to be done, this is a major step forward for the development of the city’s most beloved public space. We can’t wait to see what comes next!