The Harsimus Stem Embankment, Jersey City. Photos by Robert Hammond
On Sunday, Co-Founder Robert Hammond headed over to Jersey City for the Embankment Preservation Coalition's annual members and supporters meeting. He reports back on the High Line's sister project, which is just getting, well, off the ground:
"I was blown away immediately upon spotting the half-mile structure that once carried freight for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Embankment holds an untouched beauty, and really reminded me of the feelings I had years ago in the early days of the High Line. It's a quick PATH ride from the High Line to Jersey City, and it's another amazing opportunity for a great linear public space. The Coalition project really needs support right now, so I urge you to check out their Web site to find out more and see what you can do.
Photo from the Embankment's Web site, showing the view.
"The Embankment is six acres of space broken into six segments which were originally connected by metal bridges and are now separated by city streets. It runs west to east through a residential neighborhood, and ends overlooking the river, practically right across from the High Line. While the Embankment is much wider than the High Line, measuring 100 feet across, and considerably lower to the ground, the landscape is reminiscent of the High Line's original wilderness. When I went the fall colors were spectacular – it was an easy sell."
[After the break, more photos, and info on the future plans for the Embankment.]