It's been about six months since the Parks Department and Friends of the High Line unveiled their ambitious renderings for the previously overgrown elevated railway on the west side of Manhattan, and it's nice to see that work is still continuing apace. The Friends' year-end email to subscribers included some photos of the progress; planting began in September, and earlier this month a staircase went in at the southern part of the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.

Katie Lorah at Friends of the High Line tells us that they're still on track to open the first section, from Gansevoort to 20th Street, this Spring. You can keep an eye on that prediction by following along at the High Line blog, and after the jump check out the interesting "High Line History" video, which is full of archival footage and a narration from archival actor Ethan Hawke. (Hat tip Tropolism.)