High Line at the Rail Yards Community Input Meeting

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Author: 
Kate Lindquist


It’s a familiar experience for those who have recently visited the High Line. Standing at the northernmost point of the park, you look through the metal construction fence and see the still undeveloped stretch of the historic freight rail structure. You ask yourself, “What is happening out there? Will this be open to the public?”

Here is your chance to find out.

Join us at the High Line at the Rail Yards Community Input Meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 PM to get an update on the third and final section of the High Line.

Organized by Friends of the High Line, the meeting will feature a project update by Co-Founder Robert Hammond and a Q&A session with the audience. Members of the High Line design team of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro will be present to listen to the public’s feedback.

RAIL YARDS COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING
Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 PM
Public School 11 Auditorium
320 West 21st Street
Manhattan

RSVP to railyards@thehighline.org

WATCH THIS VIDEO to see some beautiful shots of the space. It is still overgrown with wildflowers and grasses that grew up between the tracks when the trains stopped running decades ago.

Here’s some more background information you need to know.

The High Line at the West Side Rail Yards represents one-third of the entire historic freight rail structure. It runs for one-half mile, bounded by West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. It is located along the perimeter boundary of the storage yard for the Long Island Rail Road.

Our goal has always been to open this final section of the High Line to the public, but there have been times when its future seemed uncertain. There are plans to build a platform over the rail yards, and build 12 million square feet of mixed-use development. How does the High Line fit into the development plans?

It is a complicated site that has many stakeholders with unique needs, but in November, we took a major step toward our goal. For the first time, all stakeholders publicly stated their commitment to preserving the High Line at the rail yards. It is now time to plan the design and construction, and we want to hear from you. We hope to see you at the meeting.

Can’t make it?

You can share your thoughts by sending us an email to railyards@thehighline.org.