Best Landmark Yet to Be Exploited - 2005
THE HIGH LINE
Running 22 blocks at some spots, THE HIGH LINE survives as a broken-down but not forgotten elevated rail track along the West Side. For decades, it has been true to its moniker as the source of fierce debate, pie-in-the-sky prospecting, and lofty activist ambitions. Some want nothing more than to see it torn down. Others would love to see it used as public space accommodating gardens and open-air theaters. In 2003, Councilman Gifford Miller persuaded the city to earmark about $16 million for the betterment of this very high line and rezoning finally took a serious step forward. Who knows? If the city coughs up more dough, maybe the Jets can do something with it.