At the south end of the High Line, an abandoned 1930’s elevated freight rail track turned 21st-century park, The Standard, High Line is situated on massive concrete piers, boldly straddling this most extraordinary public space. All along its 1-mile path (the third and final section between West 30th and West 34th Streets will open in late 2014), the High Line has become a magnet for innovative architecture; The Standard has been joined by the new home of the Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, and experimental architect Neil Denari’s gravity-defying apartment tower rises a few blocks north. Between the speckled concrete walkways and benches by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, planting designer Piet Oudolf is inserting a somewhat aestheticized version of the urban meadow that had previously grown undisturbed on the tracks, with clusters of flowering perennials, wetland grasses, and occasional wooded patches. “To walk on the High Line,” says Friends of the High Line cofounder Joshua David, “is to experience New York from a vantage point that can’t be touched anywhere else.”
Entrances on Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 18th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., and 30th St., along Washington St. and 10th Ave.