A Look at New York's High Line, Before Its Modern Rebirth

The High Line on the west of Manhattan used to be an old, dilapidated and abandoned railway which was once part of the New York Central Railroad. Now, it has been gentrified with luxe condos and more modern urban designs which was conceptualized by a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.

Gothamist's Jake Dobkin took a lot of photos of The High Line long before its renovation and redesign. And you can feel from the photos just how much history the place has been through and as time passed by, how it was slowly brought back to life.

This week the High Line unveiled "The Spur," the final section of the park, which extends over the intersection of 10th Avenue at West 30th Street. It's a happy ending for the old cargo railroad trestle, which was slated for demolition during the Giuliani administration before a committed group of activists organized behind a bold vision to turn it into an elevated urban oasis.

-via Kottke

(Image credit: Mike Peel/Wikimedia Commons)

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