The High Line is one of North America’s most innovative industrial reuse parks, truly is remarkable – and its remarkableness just doubled in size! Friends of the High Line (the NYC nonprofit charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations) announced today that Section 2 of the High Line is now open to the public. The beautiful, elevated urban park now spans Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street and connects three of New York’s most diverse communities: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen.
But in addition to being a green-conscious park that one can visit as a delightful escape from fast-paced Manhattan, the High Line has also enriched the local communities that surround it. When the park was originally proposed, many local businesses in the area were being hit hard by the economic downturn. But when the park opened, local business took off. One local restaurant owner, speaking for many local businesses situated close to the park, said “the day the High Line opened was the day the recession ended for them.”
Congratulations to Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for opening Section 2 and creating a park that is beautiful, sustainable, and strengthens the local communities it connects!