Section 2: Seating Steps and Lawn Come Together

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Author: 
Kate Lindquist
pipeThe Seating Steps and Lawn will be a central gathering spot when Section 2 opens in the spring.
 

Crews have finished rolling out the sod on what will be the High Line's first lawn—a 4,900 square foot swath of inviting turf in Section 2.

The Lawn is located between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets, where the High Line opens up to a wider area that once housed an extra track that served a loading deck for the adjacent warehouse.

In recent weeks, the High Line's contractors have installed sod in this central gathering spot. The sod is comprised of a mix of varied grasses that is more tolerant of heavy use, foot traffic, heat, and shade than a typical lawn.

When Section 2 opens in the spring, visitors will find that the Lawn "peels-up" at the northern end, offering an elevated vantage point from which to view the city skyline to the east, and the Hudson River to the west.

Check out more photos after the jump.

pipeThe sod arrived on a flat bed truck in the early morning.
 
pipeCrews lifted nine shipping pallets of the sod onto the High Line, demonstrating the unique nature of the park's construction: all materials and equipment must by lifted onto the job site by crane .
 
pipeMore than 342 cubic yards of soil was craned onto the High Line for the Lawn. Here, a worker is raking the sub soil and turf soil to ensure it is completely flat and compact before the sod is installed.
 
pipeThe sod is comprised of a mix of varied grasses that is more tolerant of heavy use, foot traffic, heat, and shade than a typical lawn.
 
pipeCrews prepare to roll out the sod. Each roll is approximately 2 by 5 feet.
 
pipeA view of the Lawn from the southern end, where the turf is level with the adjacent path. To the left, the Seating Steps are beginning to take shape.
 
pipeAt the northern end, the Lawn "peels-up" by approximately two feet, offering an elevated vantage point from which to view the city skyline to the east, and the Hudson River to the west.
 
pipeA view of the Lawn from the northern end. The Lawn is approximately 4,900 square feet, offering plenty of opportunities for picnicking, sunbathing, and people-watching.