It's been three years since we've gotten a look at what the High Line park - currently under construction on what was once an overgrown elevated railway - will look like. Today the Friends of the High Line, who've come a long way in their crusade to turn the disused tracks into an easily accessible urban oasis, joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to unveil the ambitious design renderings.
Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond promises that Section 1 of the High Line, stretching from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, will be open to the public by the end of the year. The lusher Section 2, which runs from 20th Street to 30th Street, won't be complete until sometime in 2009. For more High Line images, here's a juicy slide show and a design video from Friends of the High Line. And a new book, Designing the High Line, was distributed at today's press conference; it contains some unreleased renderings of the stunning 18th Street Plaza, which Curbed has dutifully scanned.