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  Apr 29, 2005 On NY1 Now: NY1 Minute Weather: Late Rain, High 58       
Manhattan
Exhibit Reveals Future Of Manhattan's High Line
April 21, 2005

Ask a New Yorker what the High Line is, some know about it while others aren’t so sure.

Whether you are up on the High Line or not, you can see what it could look like at the Museum of Modern Art. A new exhibit features never-before-seen preliminary designs for the 22-block-long, out-of-use railway in the sky, running from the Meat Packing District to 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues.

A non-profit group, Friends of the High Line, fought to save it from demolition and is now working with the city to convert it to public open space.

“It's a fabulous design, and I also think the architects were extremely successful in accomplishing what they set out to do, which is to preserve the nature of the High Line,” said the curator of the exhibit, Tina diCarlo.

The exhibit features a 20-foot model and renderings of the project, plus photos that show how the old rail line looks now. For Friends of the High Line co-founder Joshua David, a former NY1 New Yorker of the Week, the display represents a great way for the public to see what to expect in the coming years, especially since the High Line is currently off-limits.

“Right now it's closed to the public, it's private property, so to go up there would be trespassing,” he said.

It won't be once the first section of the High Line opens to the public. The projected date is 2007. Groundbreaking on the project is scheduled for late this year.

The High Line Display exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art through July 18. If you can't make it to MoMA, you can also see some of the preliminary designs online, at www.thehighline.org.

Either way, it should be an uplifting experience.

- Roger Clark
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