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A photographic look at the HIGHLINE.

The Highline is an elevated two-track freight train platform running 1.6 miles on Manhattan's West Side, from 34th Street at the Jacob Javits Center to Greenwich Village.

The High Line was built in the 1930s as part of the West Side Improvement, an epic New York City endeavor that included the West Side Highway. Uptown, the tracks were covered over and became part of Riverside Park. Downtown, an elevated portion replaced street-level freights that traveled up Eleventh and down Tenth avenues, a traffic nightmare that earned each street the name Death Avenue. On Tenth Ave., horse-mounted riders with lanternswould precede trains, shouting warning to pedestrians. One of the last Tenth Avenue Cowboys to make the trip, in advance of a train hauling a load of oranges, was George Hayde on his horse Cyclone in the late 1930s.

Last used in 1980 to haul 3 boxcars of frozen turkeys, the line presently owned by CSX Railroad, today sits quietly. The High Line offers a historic opportunity for use as a "rail banked" trail and green space for New York City.


Photographs taken on the Highline May 11, 2001 and June 14, 2001.

Summer Highline Photographs


Photographs taken on the Highline May 11, 2001 and June 14, 2001.

Wildflower Highline Photographs


Photographs taken during the Millenium Blizzard of December 2000.
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