Earlier today, we stood with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and other leaders and supporters to cut the ribbon on the new section of the High Line. Following the event, the new section was opened to park visitors. Wednesday, June 8, will be the first full day the new section is open to the public. The opening of the new section doubles the length of the public park. After years of planning, design and construction, the High Line is now one mile long, running from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen.
New access points are located at West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street, supplementing the five existing access points at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, West 16th Street, and West 18th Street, and West 20th Street. All access points will be open daily during the public park's summer operating hours, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
The High Line is fully wheelchair-accessible, with a new elevator located at West 30th Street, and another located at West 23rd Street and scheduled to open by the end of June, supplementing two existing elevators at West 14th Street and West 16th Street.
We expect many visitors from the neighborhood, from across New York City, and from around the world to come get a first glimpse of the new section. We hope you will visit us in the coming days and weeks, and see for yourself the beautiful, one-of-a-kind public open space you have helped us build. When you see it for the first time, remember that the landscape is still young, and it will continue to evolve through its first season and beyond. We hope it becomes a place you'll want to return to again and again.
Read more about Section 2's design on our Web site, and view photos on the High Line's Facebook page. Don't forget to add your photos to the High Line's Flickr pool.
Because crowding may occur in the opening weeks, please check our Web site for updates about park conditions before you visit.