At approximately 8:00 this morning, the High Line construction crew cut four massive steel panels from the north side of the 10th Avenue Square. The square, which sits over 10th Avenue at 17th Street, will be one of the most distinctive design features when the High Line opens later this year.
A rendering shows the finished 10th Avenue Square. Glass windows will be installed where the steel panels were, and trees and people will be visible from the street below. A stepped wooden ramp will serve both to bring people down to the windows, and as amphitheater-like seating, making the Square a natural gathering point. Special thanks to David and Hermine Riegerl Heller, and Sukey and Mike Novogratz, for making this feature possible.
The view looking south, moments before the first panel was taken out. Prior to the removal, the crew cut outlines around the four panels, leaving them attached by narrow tabs of steel. They then cut two small holes in the top of each panel, so that cables could be passed through once the crane arrived.
The same view, after the first panel is removed. The facade of Chelsea Market is visible through the hole.
The crane held the final panel aloft by a strong cable as steel workers cut the thin tabs, causing sparks to fly.
Crews supervised the lifting of the final panel. The sloped surface of the High Line, which will soon beome a set of ramped seating steps, is visible through the holes.
Careful coordination of crosstown traffic was a necessity during this process, which took approximately 30 minutes. Here, the final panel is lifted over 17th Street onto a waiting flatbed truck.