A new book The High Line, by the project’s creative team, landscape architect James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, published by Phaidon, is a behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the park we, New Yorks love so much. It is a great opportunity to look into the inspiration and the creation of the High Line. First built in 1934, the High Line, an elevated freight railway, was celebrated as one of the most important works of infrastructure in the history of New York City. By the 1970s, manufacturing in the area was in decline, and by 1980, the last train had run. It took two decades until this abandoned structure was turned into a park, initiated by local residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond. They sought to transform the mile-and-a-half stretch of obsolete railway into a public park, and founded Friends of the High Line, which funds, maintains, and programs the park. The High Line opened in 2009 and has become one of New York's biggest tourist attractions while reshaping the global perception of urban space.
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