Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Plans for Elevated Park Progressing in NYC

A unique urban park proposal in NYC has overcome an important regulatory hurdle:
Plans for the city's first elevated park - a singular ribbon of green space stretching a mile and a half along an abandoned railroad viaduct 30 feet above the streets of Chelsea - have taken a major step forward with a favorable ruling by a federal transportation board.

The High Line is a stretch of overgrown elevated railway that has been rusting since the 1960s. Plans for the park include natural landscaping, an elevated pond, seating, lighting above and below and a new way of experiencing New York's Chelsea district:
This is one of the most unique open spaces in the world," said Amanda M. Burden, chairwoman of the New York City Planning Commission and an outspoken advocate of the High Line project. "You will be able to walk 22 blocks in the city of New York without ever coming in contact with a vehicle. People will see the city from a completely unique perspective."

You will find more on this unique project at Friends of The High Line. Plans are on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art until July 18.

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