The story of New York’s High Line (part 5 of 5): New life [video]
The story of New York’s High Line (part 4 of 5): The plan
Improbable Journey: The story of New York’s High Line
S1: Hey, this has been a moment that I know we've all been eagerly awaiting. After Mayor Bloomberg came in office, we started thinking about design. We did a real design competition in 2004, where we actually selected the design team of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio and Renfro.
S2: We broke ground in April of 20 and 06, seeing the transformation of this structure beginning was just incredibly moving and beautiful.
S3: The design and construction really achieved the goals of reclaiming a usable past.
S1: The planting is really one of the things that's so special about the High Line. It was done by a garden designer named Piet Oudolf and he really was inspired by this wild landscape that was growing, but now it changes every two weeks.
S2: We opened the first section in 2009.
S4: It was such an outstanding success when it first opened that they had to limit access that summer.
S1: Before we opened we thought, maybe 300,000 people would come a year. Last year, we had 3.7 million visitors and this year we'll definitely have over 4 million visitors, so it's far exceeded anything that we thought of. Every time I look at it, I have to almost pinch myself. You know, I'll be walking in the area, and I'll hear people talking on the phone and they'll say, "Oh, I'll meet you at the High Line," and then we opened the second section, from 20th to 30th Street in 2011.
S2: In coming years, we hope to open the final section at the West Side Rail Yards, bringing the arts to 34th Street.
S3: Well, I think CSX is extremely proud to be part of a project that has been so successful.
S5: This has become an enormous icon of New York City now, and it's a place that people come from all over the world to see.
S2: I think everybody who worked on the project, whether at Friends of the High Line, at CSX or at the city were all grateful for having played a part in something that's really going to have a lasting impact here in New York.
S4: Everyone loves trains and people always love that sense of the journey, and the idea of looking out the window and watching a changing landscape. The High Line, I think evokes and preserves that.
S1: You know, Steve and Pete probably had the best understanding of how truly difficult and unlikely this would be, and yet they were willing to work with us, and give us that opening that helped make it all happen.