The Highline; Photo - Jake Dobkin

The Friends of the Highline held a competition to further think of new ways to save the abandoned elevated railroad line on the West Side. The Times reports on the winners of the competition, who come from all over the world. Though none of the designs will get built, Gothamist loves hearing around ideas like winners Takuji Nakamura's proposal "illuminated shafts penetrating the viaduct, with stairs and elevators" and Nathalie Rinne's imagining of the space as a 7,920-foot-long swimming pool. And the Times notes that the presence of City Planning Director Vishaan Chakrabarti on the jury for the competition may mean that the city will consider measures to preserve the space.

Pictures of traversing the Highline at Bluejake. More photos from the Friends of the Highline.