Exploring Highline Phase 2
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Highline Elevated Park, or just 'The Highline', I wrote already two weblog entries about this remarkable elevated park. See them here, with an explanation and some historic pictures, and here for some winter images of the park.
The Highline is, as explained in the previous links, a park constructed on an abandoned elevated railroad track in West Manhattan. The first section of the park ran from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. Earlier this month the second phase of the park, running from West 20th Street to West 30th Street was opened.
Since I am a huge fan of Highline Elevated Park I had to see what the second phase looked like.
The weather was beautiful and because of this many, and really mean MANY (!!) other persons had the same idea as I did, resulting in a really Crowded (note the capital C!) highline. It was a bit too much for me, just shuffling foot-by-foot over the structure. I nevertheless got a nice impression of the new part.
The access at West 30th Street offers a nice plaza with food vendors and a playground for kids. At this point the third section of the Highline, still under construction, can be nicely seen. The second phase track is a completely straight section. Which makes it a bit less varied as the 1st phase's section, that has several curves. The setup is rather similar, walkways, benches, and borders with plants and flowers. The view on nice old industrial and modern buildings is also available, as well as the views on Manhattan.
Despite the overcrowding I was really impressed and look forward to experiencing the third phase.
More pictures below!