It’s official: the northern half of New York City’s High Line Park is officially complete, and that means a double the length of a park that gives a little taste of the outdoors smack dab in the middle of the urban landscape.
Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.
Can’t check it out for yourself? Here are some photos from opening day that are sure to entice any urban adventurer:
Check out more photos on the High Line Flickr Pool.