Introducing the High Line

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Cathedral of St. John the Divine: like so much else in New York City, a perpetual work-in-progress
Nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, November 2021
The end of Section 1 at the 20th Street gate in June 2011. Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
The end of Section 1 at the 20th Street gate, June 2011
Construction on the High Line, April 2012. Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
Construction on the High Line, April 2012
Chelsea-Elliottt Houses (across street) and Avenues School, through the High LIne's Billboard at 26th Street. Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
“Class Divide”: Chelsea-Elliottt Houses (across street) and Avenues School, through the High Line’s “Billboard” at 26th Street

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The New West Washington Market, New York City, 1888, wood engraving on paper. Artist Unknown. Image courtesy Clark Art Institute, http://clarkart.edu
Brick buildings of West Washington Market & open air Gansevoort Market (foreground), New York City, 1888, wood engraving on paper. Artist Unknown. Image courtesy Clark Art Institute
West Washington Market, 1907, showing (at left) Gansevoort Pumping Station. Photographer unknown.
West Washington Market (buildings in rear) & open air Gansevoort Market (foreground) 1907. Photographer unknown.
Gansevoort Market, Pumping Station, Chelsea Piers and Manhattan Refrigerating Company Warehouse, 1900. Photo:Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library
Open air Gansevoort Market, 1900. Photo: Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library
Thirty-third Street and 11th Avneue in the decades before the High Line. Photo: Kalmbach Publishing
33rd St. and 11th Ave. in the decades before the High Line. Photo: Kalmbach Publishing
St. John's Terminal, early 1930s. Photo: Kalmbach Publishing
St. John’s Terminal, early 1930s. Photo: Kalmbach Publishing
George Hayde and Cyclone, March 29, 1941: the last
The “West Side Cowboy” passing 26th Street. Photo: Kalmbach Publishing Co.
S.S. Carpathia docked at Chelsea Piers, 1912. According to the NYC Municipal Archive, historians suspect this photograph was probably taken after Carpathia arrived with survivors of the Titanic disaster. Photo: Municipal Archives, City of New York
S.S. Carpathia docked at Chelsea Piers, 1912. According to the NYC Municipal Archive, historians suspect this photograph was probably taken after Carpathia arrived with survivors of the Titanic disaster. Photo: Municipal Archives, City of New York
A century later the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth passes Pier 54, January 17, 2012
Joel Sternfeld, collage of images 1
Joel Sternfeld’s early images of the abandoned High Line. Photo: courtesy Joel Sternfeld

There are other wonderful parks in the neighborhood. One of the joys of Hudson River Park is the Carousel at Pier 62 with its hand-carved animals native to the Hudson River Valley

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Rick Darke's October 2002 photo of the abandoned High Line in today's Tenth Avenue Spur
October 2002, the surreal beauty of the unreconstructed High Line is apparent. Photo: Rick Darke
Jim Shaughnessy’s famous 1957 photo (left) and Rick Darke’s photo taken from the same spot in 2003.Jim Shaughnessy, © Center for Railroad Photography and Art
The West Side Rail Yards on the abandoned High Line. Photo: Rick Darke
Hugh Ferris,
Hugh Ferriss’s charcoal rendering of architect Harvey Wiley Corbett’s “
Proposal to Increase Street Capacity,” from the Regional Plan of New York and Its Environs (1923–24).

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Joel Sternfeld’s early images of the abandoned High Line. See all his High Line photos here.

all photos courtesy Joel Sternfeld

Images of the abandoned High Line with wild grasses and plants growing between the old railroad tracks

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The “concrete bathtub.” The Lawn under construction, 2010
Remediation team in the West Side Rail Yards on the High Line, February 2013.Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
Remediation team in the West Side Rail Yards, February 2013
Construction workers near the Guardian Angel Church, 2010
The classic
The classic “peel-up bench”
Art Deco railing on the High Line. Photo: Rick Darke
Art Deco railing. Photo: Rick Darke
Expansion joints on the High Line. Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
Expansion joints
Stone mulch on the High Line.Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
Stone mulch
Everything in bloom in the Chelsea Grasslands in June 2013. Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
High Line pavers with perennials in bloom
Drainage system and rail labels on the High Line.Photo: Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line
Drainage system and rail labels
A worker applies a coat of primer to the rusted Art Deco rails on the Interim Walkway, 2013
Randy Johnson in the Interim Walkway, 2013

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