Yesterday, New York City officially acquired the third and final part of the High Line from CSX Transportation, which owned the one-half mile part of the old elevated railroad that snakes around the West Side Rail Yards. Mayor Bloomberg crowed that it was "a monumental step toward our goal of opening the entire elevated railway to the public. In the three short years since the first section opened as a park, the High Line has become a treasured neighborhood oasis, a significant generator of economic activity for the entire city, and a celebrated icon for planners, designers, and leaders around the world. Transforming the final section of the elevated railway into public space will complete the vision - something that seemed all but impossible just over ten years ago."

Construction will start at the end of this year and be completed next year... and then the opening will be in 2014. Above are a few renderings of the proposed third phase, as well as some recent photos.