Google, which is looking to buy one of Manhattan's biggest buildings on 8th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets, has donated $1 million to the High Line Park. The Friends of the High Line say:

This generous gift will support the High Line's construction and its endowment for future park maintenance and operations—a sign of Google's continued commitment to its New York City neighborhood.

Google first moved to the High Line neighborhood in 2006, when it moved its New York office to 76 Ninth Avenue at West 15th Street. Since then, Google has expanded into Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue and now employs over 2,000 people at these locations. Google's New York employees have become passionate about the High Line, and it was that passion that helped inspire the leadership at Google to step forward with this generous gift. We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone at Google Inc. for their dedication to our neighborhood and for their vision in supporting the construction and long-term maintenance and operations of the High Line.


This is part of Google's good neighbor effort. We can only imagine that Google Street View—so helpful for busting drug crews or seeing weird naked German guys—will soon offer a High Line View option, although it might open up the door to more of this.