Last weekend, Friends of the High Line brought more than 700 people up onto the High Line for the first-ever public tours of the structure. The tours, part of Open House New York
(OHNY) weekend, took place on the West Side Rail Yards section of the High Line (30th Street to 34th Street), which still exists in its wild, self-seeded state. Our volunteers led tours along the northern third of the High Line, focusing on the history of the structure, Friends of the High Line's efforts to preserve it, the plans for its reuse as a park, and the future of the rail yards section.
We received more than 5,000 responses to our announcement about the public tours, and all slots were filled within 15 minutes of the announcement. It was frustrating for us not to be able to accommodate everyone who expressed interest. We understand that many of our supporters were disappointed to find that the tours were full before they were even able to RSVP. However, we were required to limit tour size because of safety concerns and permitting requirements associated with the structure.
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the OHNY tours this weekend. Thanks especially to CSX Transportation, the owner of the High Line north of 30th Street, for making the tours possible. Thanks also to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, OHNY, and our wonderful Friends of the High Line volunteers.