Section Two of New York's High Line park opens today and GOOD has a first look at the expansion of the converted rail line.
Up until now, the High Line had only released artists' renderings of some of the highlights. Have a look at those first if you want to compare the original vision to the final product—both are impressive. This section more than doubles the length of the promenade, which now stretches from 14th Street to 30th Street.
It looks pretty amazing, succeeding just as the first section did in preserving the best of the High Line's many incarnations, while creating something totally new. Even more than the first section, this one honors the original rugged pride of the industrial past with exposed tracks and echoes of the days when New York got its frozen turkeys by rail, and sent out oreos to the world in boxcars. A few spots also retain the unkempt defiance of the unplanned greenway that sprouted up top after decades of neglect let trees and wildflowers take over.
Above is the Wildflower Field, looking North toward West 29th Street, where the High Line begins a long, gentle curve toward the Hudson River. ©Iwan Baan, 2011