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High and mighty
The final leg of NYC’s High Line opened in mid-September and some have described it as the most “New York” stretch of the elevated park. Picking up from the northernmost end of section two (which opened in June 2011, two years after section one), it runs along 30th Street beginning at 10th Avenue, then curves up the West Side Highway before continuing on 34th. Part of the $35-million third leg features views of the Hudson River, but also of the behemoth construction site that is Hudson Yards. When that massive real estate project being built over the city’s busy railroad yards is fully completed within the next decade, a section of the High Line will connect to a plaza in the development, creating a mega pedestrian space. In the meantime, the five million people that visit the High Line every year have the third leg’s wider paths to promenade. There are also “peel-up” benches that seem to emerge from the path itself and an elevated catwalk at 11th Avenue for an even higher perspective. thehighline.org.
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