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The High Line is that rare phenomenon of Manhattan landmarks—one beloved by locals and tourists alike. A pretty remarkable feat of urban reclamation, the west side's abandoned elevated railroad was transformed into the whimsical "park in the sky" in 2011. Still only two-thirds complete, the walkway stretches along Tenth Avenue from Ganesvoort Street to West 30th a couple avenues behind Penn Station. A wide variety of plant life, interactive public art pieces, and still-exposed track line the walkway. Exit for shopping in the cobblestone-lined streets of the Meatpacking District or quaint cafes in Chelsea.
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.