The High Line was originally constructed in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in the 1930s to lift dangerous freight trains off of city streets. Abandoned in the 1980′s the High Line went into decay and disrepair and was rediscovered in popular consciousness in 2000, after acclaimed photographer Joel Sternfeld captured the beauty of the industrial relic in photos: overgrown with wildflowers — an abandoned human structure essentially reclaimed by nature in a matter of 20 years.
An elevated park in the sky built on top of the skeleton of an old rail system? It may have sounded impossible few years ago, but today, the eagerly awaited High Line elevated urban park officially opens for thousands of New York people looking to escape the hubbub of the city below!
Here at Inhabitat, we have been following the journey of the High Line for the past several years and were super excited to get a sneak peek there of the new park, which was renovated / designed by James Corner Field Operations, Lead Designer, with starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. W!