The High Line will soon be extending its green path all the way up to 30th Street in upper Chelsea on the west side. Many gardeners, construction, maintenance and administrative staff are all busy getting the latest section complete so it will open to the public in June. There isn’t an exact date and they have only said to stayed tuned and they will be posting the date on their website and here’s the latest teaser from their blog.
The Gothamist wasn’t even allowed to take pictures of the new section even after they asked for permission to tour of the new grounds. This didn’t stop them. They managed to get some adjoining roof access along the path and took a few shots. Here’s some of the illicit pictures they took from above.
Section 1 is full of green and coming of age now that plants are settling and branching out. The monsoon rains this past week have given the elevated gardens a good feeding before the long hot summer sets in. I’m curious to see what happens to the trees when they get too big? My guess is that the gardeners will dig them up and replace them before the roots do any structural damage. A good question to ask if I take a tour.
There are many like myself who are looking forward to what the High Line has to offer in the days ahead. Lots of questions come to mind like: Who will the food vendors be? How will they effect the flow of the walkway? What’s the new section will look like? Will the new section change the area of 10th Ave between 21st and 30th? I’m already seeing new businesses popping up that have High Line in their title. (i.e. The High Liner Diner formerly the Empire Diner on 10th and 22nd) The answers will soon come in the weeks ahead.
There is a little activity going on just beyond Section 2. I’m already looking forward to the final Section 3 which is only mentioned to be started at a future date. When it comes down to it, the answers really aren’t that important. All that matters is that we have more green to enjoy in a section of town that could really use it and some day there will be a green elevated trail that will give visitors 1.45 miles path just for walking, and lounging while enjoying the view of the NYC skyline from above the day to day commotion.