New York’s High Line Unveils the “Spur”

New York (November 13, 2013) – Designers unveiled the third and final section of the High Line at the Rail Yards. The Spur will be a bowl-shaped gateway to the park, extending across the intersections of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street. Decades ago, this extension was called the 10th Avenue Spur. Today the Spur is the widest area on the High Line and will offer visitors a lush, green outdoor shelter in the heart of the city.

High Line SpurThe new design for the Spur gives the experience of being immersed in trees and nature. The circular structured will be lined with dense woodland plantings. According to Friends of the High Line, this final transformation of the last parcel of previously decayed railroad tracks will create “an extraordinary, sheltered, and vegetated interior room that one discovers through various openings and entries.”

In the midst of a concrete jungle, The Spur’s will provide a natural oasis, featuring broad leaf woodland grasses, perennials and ferns, as well as Snakebark maple and black tupelo trees.

Since opening in 2009, the neighborhood around the High Line has experienced extensive gentrification and, increased real estate prices. Friends of the High Line and the City of New York are working to open the High Line at the Rail Yards in late 2014. The Spur is expected open to the public 1-2 years after the opening of the rest of the rail yards section of the High Line.

The cost of the High Line at the Rail Yards is estimated to be $76 million. Friends of the High Line has committed to raise $36 million from private philanthropic contributions as part of its Campaign for the High Line. The Bloomberg administration and New York City Council have allocated a total of $11 million in capital funding to the project. As part of the development of Hudson Yards, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group will contribute $29.2 million toward the capital construction of the High Line at the Rail Yards, as well as additional funding for the park’s ongoing maintenance.

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New Design Concept for the High Line at the Rail Yards
Final Phase of High Line at Rail Yards Features Lush Sheltered Outdoor Room