Thursday, August 20, 2009

Think Green Thursday

Rambling Woods hosts this GREEN meme.

Flowers on the High Line


High Line History

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

View Historical Photos

The project gained the City's support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, created the High Line's public landscape with guidance from a diverse community of High Line supporters. Construction on the park began in 2006. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, is projected to open in June 2009.

The High Line is open now.

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I think I saw these flowers/weed at EG's blog and she named them: joe-pyeweed.


Bond said...

I love what they are doing there....

Margo said...

I have a special place in my heart for people and groups who throw themselves in front of demolition equipment :) Very cool place!

Mimi said...

I love this pic, and especially the bit of history that accompanied it.

Think Green Thursday said...

I love it that people care enough to become active and preserve our history. This is so important for all of us...Thank you Mary...