The large-scale public projects
Plans are also afoot for stage three, which hopes to secure a further stretch of the track at the West Rail Yards for the park. thehighline.org
Three urban design entrepreneurs have now also begun proposals to create a “low line” in an old trolley terminal on the Lower East Side. Official name, Delancey Underground, their idea is to channel sunlight through fibre-optic cables. Renderings can be seen at: nymag.com/
news/intelligencer/the-low-line-2011-9/ Since the opening of its first section in 2009, the High Line Park has proved to be both an architectural and design triumph and an accessible drawcard for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, it turned an unused, historic elevated freight rail line into a roughly mile-long public park running from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea to West 30th Street. Aside from the striking planting programme, which used hardy plants that had already seeded and were growing naturally on the old tracks, another rare pleasure of walking the Highline is the glimpse it gives you into Manhattan’s rooftop world.