The study that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last April, to review the feasibility of converting the High Line to an elevated pedestrian greenway, is nearing completion. The office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding has overseen the study in collaboration with the Department of City Planning. The City retained Turner Construction to evaluate the High Line’s structural integrity. FHL’s role was to identify the costs of rehabilitating the structure and building an elevated greenway with public access points, and to compare those costs with the public benefits that a park atop the High Line could reasonably be expected to create.
After the results of the study are presented to Deputy Mayor Doctoroff, presentations will be made to other City and State officials and to the public.
FHL’s component of the study is being managed by Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler (HR&A), with participation from Gary Edward Handel & Associates, Beyer Blinder Belle, Hanscomb International Construction Consultants, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Friedman & Gotbaum, and a major engineering/infrastructure consultant.
The feasibility study has been made possible by support from the Greenacre Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the New York City Council.