The High Line
One of my first days here, my friend, Brian, brought me to The High Line when I went to visit him in Chelsea before a job interview. It was actually pretty incredible and innovative. It's no surprise that space in NYC for parks is nearly nonexistent, and I thought that this was a great creative solution to that problem. Instead of paraphrasing the details, I just copied and pasted from here. Enjoy!
What is the High Line?
The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure running from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan's West Side.
What was it used for?
The High Line was a freight rail line, in operation from 1934 to 1980. It carried meat to the meatpacking district, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of the industrial West Side, and mail to the Post Office.
Who owns the High Line?
The High Line, south of West 30th Street, is owned by the City of New York and is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks & Recreation. It was donated to the City by CSX Transportation, Inc. which still owns the northernmost section (West 30th Street - West 34th Street).