Free Party for High Line Groundbreaking in New York


On April 10, the transformation of New York's abandoned rail site, the High Line, begins. The city will celebrate the groundbreaking (and the end of 20 years of legal disputes) with a free party. The site, which will soon become a public park under the hands of design team Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Field Operations, has been a heated battle ground for conservationists, wishing to preserve the open space, and organizations determined to tear the track down. When the track opened in 1934, it was a vital city train line. Years of neglect later, it transformed it into something unique and rare in New York: Unused, and nature-influenced open space. The breakthough came last November, when the City of New York purchased the High Line from CSX Transportation. "This unique public amenity will become a symbol of all that is great in New York as we plan for our future by creating much needed parks and public spaces," says New York Mayor Bloomberg. The party, located at Little West 12th Street, between 9th Avenue and Washington Street, runs from 12pm to 1:30pm. Entertainment and a light lunch are included. ::The High Line