The High Line is a public park built on an historic railroad viaduct elevated above the streets on the west side of Manhattan.
Originally built in the 1930s to remove dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets, the High Line delivered raw and manufactured good into upper-floor loading docks of factories and warehouses. The last train ran on the High Line in 1980, carrying a trainload of frozen turkeys.
Friends of the High Line, an advocacy group founded by two neighborhood residents, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, worked with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Council to preserve and transform the High Line into a public park.
The first section of the park (Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opened to the public in the summer of 2009. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings.
The second section of the park (West 20th Street to West 30th Street) is scheduled to open in June, 2011, with access points at West 23rd, 28th, and 30th Streets.
Friends of the High Line is now the nonprofit conservancy working under a licensing agreement with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations and public programming for the High Line, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funding to complete the High Line's construction, support more than 70 percent of park operations, and create an endowment for its future operations.