The High Line wasn’t just torn down
in order to make way for a park. The original rail tracks, debris, and other elements were painstakingly removed so structural repairs (including removing all of that toxic lead paint) could be performed. Then, much of it was brought back
so much of it could be reincorporated into the renovation.
The planting process
that took place at the High Line isn’t too dissimilar to how green roofs are constructed. However, imagine something much more grand in scale: over 210 different plant species of trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials have been planted as part of the High Line's Phase 1; many of them native to the region and hearty in nature. A section of the park, the Gansevoort Woodland, is dense and shaded while another section, the Washington Grasslands, is more meadow-like in nature. More grasslands, woodlands, a thicket, a wildflower field, and the park's only lawn will be included as part of Phase II, expected to reach completion next year.
Of course, it’s not a proper park without benches. The “peel-up” benches
scattered around the High Line are stunners made from FSC-certified wood and I'm guessing that the wooden chaise lounges with wheels secured to the rail tracks in the Sundeck area of the park are going to be quite popular as well. The lighting around the concrete plank pathways is provided by energy-efficient LEDs.
I can’t wait to visit myself but I’m gonna wait a spell for the crowds to thin down. I’ve given myself a sneak preview with the video below. I suggest the curious — in NYC and elsewhere — do the same. Also keep up-to-date at the official High Line blog
and at Curbed
and check out coverage The New York Times