The High Line, a 1.45-mile former train
track 30 feet above Manhattan's West Side (Joel Sternfeld,
Friends of the High Line)
Slated for demolition 14 years ago, a 1.45-mile
elevated railroad track in Manhattan has gone from lost cause
to cause célèbre.
On Friday, four architects will unveil their designs
for the High Line, a 1930s viaduct that has been abandoned since
of the High Line, a nonprofit founded to protect the structure
and the open space it affords New Yorkers, last year held a competition
that generated 720 ideas for the structure. In March, the group
announced its search for a team to oversee the development of
the High Line and selected four finalists from 52 entries. The
candidate's designs, which include touches such as a swimming
pool, tiered plaza, and Aspen grove, will be displayed at the
Center for Architecture in New York until August 14.
Next month, the group and members of the city planning
commission will select a winning team to develop a master plan
for the High Line. Rehabilitating the High Line will cost $40
million, Friends of the High Line estimates.