Your Input on the Design of the High Line at the Rail Yards

presentation High Line at the Rail Yards Community Meeting in December, 2011. Photo by Yoon Kim

We asked. You told us. Now the fun begins.

In December, more than 200 neighborhood residents joined us at Public School 11 in Chelsea to tell us what they want to see in the design of the third and final section of the High Line. Wrapping around the West Side Rail Yards, the final section of the High Line represents one-third of the entire historic freight rail structure, and it is still overgrown with wildflowers and grasses that grew up between the tracks when the trains stopped running decades ago.


That wild, self-seeded landscape was major influence in many of the comments we receive during and after the meeting. “More wild-ness wherever possible!” said one participant. “Use the railroad and its equipment as the historical ‘glue’ for the design concept,” said another.

One of our favorite comments came from Mica and Noa Yoder, two young High Line fans who live in Chelsea. The girls recommended we add swings to the underside of the High Line at West 30th Street. “As kids in New York City, we've spent more time waiting in lines for swings than any other thing in the city!”

Point taken, girls. We’ll see what we can do.


We compiled these comments and more into a summary document that is now available on our Web site. If you missed the input meeting, you can share your thoughts with us by sending an email to You should also sign up for our email newsletter to get updates on the date, time, and location for the next community input meeting, where we hope to release the first renderings from the design team.

Thank you to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Manhattan Community Board 4, and our partners at PS 11 for helping us execute the community meeting. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the New York Community Trust – LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund for supporting our rail yards advocacy initiatives. Thanks to their critical funding, we are able to continue our advocacy work to open the High Line at the rail yards to the public.

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