Final section of High Line park donated to city
Construction will soon begin on the final installment of the High Line after the third section was donated to the city, officials announced Tuesday.
CSX Transportation, which had previously given the city its old elevated railway below West 30th Street, signed over the final stretch of its abandoned track space, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday. The addition h will let the public park extend west to 12th Avenue and uptown to West 34th Street.
Bloomberg called the park, which will eventually stretch about a mile-and-a-half, a "treasured neighborhood oasis," and said it has been an economic boon to nearby businesses since the first section opened in 2009.
Friends of the High Line has estimated it will cost about $90 million to build the third section of the park. It is expected to open in 2014.
Construction is set to begin by the end of the year, officials said.