The new section of the High Line, the highly acclaimed retrofit park in New York City, will be opening this Wednesday, June 8th 2011. The sections runs from West 20th Street to West 30th Street and promises to bring a new and unique experience to the park that has gripped the fascination of New Yorkers as well as many a designer.
According to James Corner, the designer of the park in conjunction with architecture firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro, “Through design, we’ve established an episodic sequence of spaces that dramatize or amplify the immediate neighborhood context that we’re moving through.”
Elements of the new section will include “The Viewing Spur,” a homage to the billboards that used to blot the railway, tree lined walkways over streets, and a 4,900 sq.ft. elevated lawn that allows visitors to break from paths and sit. The first portion of the High Line opened 2 years ago and attracted 2 million visitors last year.
It has been a paragon in urban landscape architecture in the fact that is utilizes a piece of industrial infrastructure and transforms it into a datum that joins spaces once separated by the railway.
The opening of Section 2 will be accompanied by a temporary exhibition space called The Lot, which will host food trucks, an outdoor bar, and a playful art installation by Friends With You.
Benjamin Boyd is the editor of Landscape Invocation and a graduate of the University of Florida. Ben currently practices landscape design in Washington D.C.