The High Line, New York

Where space attracts and motivates people

There are few contemporary design projects better known than the leafy streak of green ripping through Manhattan's West Side. The High Line is nineteen blocks of elevated freight rail reimagined as a public park. With lounging benches, patches of grass for picnic or play, gardens, art, and views of the past, present, and future city, the High Line transforms both the once-forgotten space and the people who enjoy it. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become a high-profile steward of New York City in its own right; it transmits a message about the identity of the city and offers belonging to all.