Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 67

GARDENS Article Title den he Sky T WRITTEN BY Blair Farris Thirty feet above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side is The High Line, a unique and extraordinary public space for all to enjoy. It occupies the space where the original 1930s freight rail structure was elevated to remove dangerous trains that delivered milk, meat, produce and raw materials to factories. Today, thanks to the Friends of the High Line who pushed for preservation and transformation, the site is now a public park owned by the city of New York and operated by the Friends of the High Line. In 1999, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration led an effort to demolish the elevated railway. Neighborhood residents described it as dangerous and dark, a blight on the neighborhood. At the same time, CSX, who owned the property, asked for proposals on how to best use the rail trail. 23rd Street Lawn, the northern end of the 4900 square foot lawn peels up over West 23rd Street, looking West, toward the Hudson River. © Iwan Baan, 2011. DECEMBER 2013 67