Most of the available photographic history of the High Line comes from the images we've been able to accumulate over the years through research and help from interested parties. Though there aren't many, these images serve as an incredible visual link to the High Line's storied past. Every new photograph provides deeper insight into the High Line's nascent days and its time spent as the "lifeline of New York."
Needless to say, when we were sent a link to these images by historian Matt Postal, we were thrilled- just try to contain your sepia-toned excitement as you browse through these photographs! They focus mainly on the Macy's Warehouse, which was located on the Northeast corner of 11th Avenue and 35th Street from 1922 until it was demolished to make way for the plaza across from the Jacob Javits center. You can see the High Line at the rail yards in many of the images, likely taken sometime in the mid to late 1930s, and scroll down for some images of the High Line under construction the first time around. Surrounded by trains, cars, construction, horse-drawn carriages and children, it's easy to imagine the need to get trains off street level. It's harder to imagine a Hershey's warehouse in midtown and fishing in the Hudson.
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