The long-awaited final section of the High Line broke ground this morning. Mayor Bloomberg and Friends of the High Line kicked off Section 3, a.k.a. "The High Line at the Rail Yards," which will follow the rails from 30th to 34th streets to the north and south and from 10th to 12th Avenues east and west. When completed, the newest section will flow in seamlessly with the rest of the elevated park's design and will feature new benches, tables, and a children's play area. The first phase of Section 3 is projected to open in 2014, extending the park to West 34th Street and connecting the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea with the future No. 7 subway station, the Javits Center, and the future Hudson Yards neighborhood. Click our video after the jump to see the mayor announcing the official groundbreaking.
“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.
Video by and photos by Yuka Yoneda