The High Line park

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Photo: The High Line park, NYC, September 6th 2009.

Built in 1930s, the High Line lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air in the Lower West Side in Manhattan. Trains have not used this line since 1980s and it was under the threat of demolition. A non-profit organization Friends of the High Line with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation decided to convert this historic structure into an extraordinary park, whose first section between Gansevoort Street to 20th Street was opened in June 2009. When I came here this afternoon there were crowds of people taking a walk through this park and enjoying a variety of native plant species, stunning view of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Later this fall I will try to bring here high school students who I will be teaching in the Henry Street Settlement to prepare them to go to college to study the environment. Maybe during this field youth will explore various ecosystem services provided by this unusual park.

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