The last section of the High Line opened in New York

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in the mid-1930s, was built in the southwest of Manhattan, an elevated train track, so freight trains were able to deliver your goods directly to the upper floors of the local factories and warehouses. The route is around 2.5 miles long, mostly straight with a large curve in the North part and a single short trip at approximately the same height of the Empire State Building: “The track”. Today, it leads to Nothing, but that was not always so: it was Built in the detour, to freight trains, letters, and packages to bring in the once adjacent to the distribution center of the U.S. Post office and from there were able to pick up.

A blossoming Park on a former freight rail

The remaining 2.5 km of the former freight route have long since been transformed into a blooming Park, and on Wednesday, the small detour to come to the 10th Avenue finally.

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“The track” is considered to be the very last remaining part of the old elevated train structure route is now part of the High Line, which is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. More than seven million people walk each year on the worldwide counterfeit success of the project – so many that on Sunny days, almost a type of traffic congestion prevails.

“The trail” to bring a new place, to Walk, to Sit, to See and be Seen, for flowers and trees, and for art, long been a focus of the operator of the High Line. The kick-off Brick House,” a nearly five-Meter-high bust of an African-American woman that has made the artist Simone Leigh specially for this place and to be seen through to September, there is power”. “I thought: What better place for a female, African-American character?”, Leigh says. To have “not necessarily out of Spite, but to a different idea of beauty there.”

The last train led frozen turkeys

In the 1980s, the line had become a wasteland, the connection between the “trail”junction, and the Post-cut distribution center. More and more of the load used, and in 1980 the last train on today’s High Line drove cars – on Board frozen turkeys. The route to the rotten and the district around it, soon marked by fetid meat industry, waste mountains, street prostitution, crime and drugs.

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Why, for the mass-handling by Bus with audio texts from the Band a lot of money, if the city leadership is individually and free of charge possible? The “Big Apple Greeters” are long-established in New York, the show by appointment by phone or E-Mail your neighborhood. The project is based on volunteering, and was built in 1992 and to the city’s Image to Polish. Info: www.bigapplegreeter.org

the demolition of The route was already a done deal, but Joshua David and Robert Hammond, had other plans. The neighbors had met at a parish-Meeting, and a Vision developed: The High Line should be to the Park. They complained against the demolition, mobilized celebrities such as actor Edward Norton, and designer Diane von Furstenberg, collected millions and were finally successful.

The High Line is a community success

in 2009, the southern part of the High Line opened as a Park, 2014, the Northern was added. The rails of the route remained in many places, but in between, asters, petunias or gold bloom, rods, paths, and benches – and open panoramic views to the Empire State Building or the statue of liberty.

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There are food stalls, guided tours of the flower beds, free sports courses, shared star Gazing, concerts and activities for children. “We have created a new way of thinking in New York and everywhere else, about public space,” says founder David.

The “trace”-detour was once threatened with the demolition. Among other things, with red T-Shirts with “Save the trail”printed on the High-Line operators protested again and again against it and had success. “‘The track’ is an important reminder of the industrial heritage of New York,” says co-founder Hammond. “There is still much to do, but it shows what can happen when members of a community get together.”

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