Friends of the High Line
Karen Hock, (former) Deputy Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Andrea Woodner, (former) Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Trust for Public Space
Before the High Line was transformed into New York City's newest open space, it was a derelict piece of infrastructure awaiting demolition. Reclaiming the High Line is the landmark feasibility study that ultimately led to Mayor Bloomberg's decision in 2002 to rescind the outstanding demolition order on the High Line.
Reclaiming the High Line makes a compelling case for converting the elevated railway into open space, and outlines strategies for making this happen. Created in collaboration with Friends of the High Line, the study examines the potential offered by the historic structure to connect communities, generate economic activity, inspire bold design solutions and improve the urban condition through the creation of a 1.45-mile-long, 6.7 acre, elevated public space.
Many of the strategies, design principles and recommendations we outlined in the study were implemented in the park:
the High Line advocates a unified, progressive design response, reflecting the original
vision of the High Line as a vital component of the "City of
Tomorrow." It also proposes an inclusive planning approach that considers
the needs of community members, business and property owners, and the State and
City. The study provides specific recommendations for each of the neighborhoods
that the High Line intersects.
High Line Map and Fact Sheet
Recommendations for Public Reuse
History of the High Line
Competing Ownership Plans
Evaluation of Reuse Options
The High Line and the City as Palimpsest by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Date: February 2002
Design by: Pentagram
Status: Out of print; available as a PDF