Five years after the ribbon was cut on the first section of the High Line, the project is now coming to completion. The third and final phase will open on September 21st. Friends of the High Line sent out the announcement this morning:
"Today, Friends of the High Line, along with our partners at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is proud to announce that the third and northernmost section of the park, the High Line at the Rail Yards, will open to the public on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
It will be the realization of our original dream for the High Line: to transform the entire structure, enabling visitors to walk all the way from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. For the first time, we will all be able to walk the length of the High Line—traversing 22 city blocks, uninterrupted, 30 feet in the air, with expansive views of New York City, and the Hudson River."
The final phase, the Rail Yards section, will run from 30th Street and 10th Avenue, to the curve near 12th Avenue, and up to 34th Street.
"Along the way, you will experience new design features and plantings that will animate this new section of the High Line, with newly planted trees and perennials selected by Piet Oudolf, innovatively designed seating areas, and pathways installed in the High Line’s original rail tracks. For the first time, you will be able to walk along the self-seeded grasses and wildflowers that have grown along the tracks in the years since the trains stopped running."
As Curbed notes, however, one unopened section will remain: "the 10th Avenue spur, where there will be 'an extraordinary, sheltered, and vegetated interior room' The first Hudson Yards tower straddles this section of the park, so it will not be opening until construction finishes up on the 52-story tower in late 2015."
Here's a look at the final phase before it was complete, and still wild.