Green reuse of elevated railway in Manhattan
The Highline railway track is a 30 foot high, 1.45 mile long disused piece of infrastructure threading its way through 22 blocks of downtown Manhattan. Constructed in the 1930s, it’s a reminder of yesteryear investment, long disused and now in an elevated overgrown state. However, herein lay an opportunity, say the Friends of the Highline, with the vision of creating 6.7 acres of elevated public space for the city. Enlisting the help of a design team comprising of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the group has put a proposal to the City of New York to redevelop these spaces, and for the people of New York to be ‘able to rise up from the streets and step into a place apart, tranquil and green’.