Bicycle Diaries: Manhattan traffic taming

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10.7.08

Manhattan traffic taming

The Big Apple's
Highline Park


The High Line is an abandoned elevated railway that once carried freight to, and sometimes inside, warehouses. It's a mess industrial decay and native plants, and it has the potential to be the most delightful and unconventional green space in the country.


Back in June, city officials and the group Friends of the High Line presented the final design for part of the $170 million High Line park that is under construction on the West Side of Manhattan


It's an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind recreational amenity: a grand, public promenade that can be enjoyed by all New Yorkers and visitors. They'll be able to rise up from the streets and step into a place apart, tranquil and green. They'll see the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline, and secret gardens inside city blocks. And they'll will move between Penn Station and the Hudson River Park, from the Jake Javits Convention Center to the Gansevoort Market Historic District, without meeting a car or truck.

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