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The High Line, New York, to opened June 2009

Date uploaded: June 6, 2009

Section 1 of the High Line to Open Tuesday, June 9th 2009

After ten years of advocacy, planning, and construction, the High Line is opening. Section 1 of the High Line (from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) will open Tuesday, June 9, offering visitors the chance to preview the park, which is still under construction. Friends of the High Line thanks all the community partners, donors, volunteers, members, elected officials, and other supporters who've made this historic day possible.

Please note that access to the High Line will be limited during June. To ensure public safety during the first days and weeks that the High Line is open, visitors on the High Line will flow from south to north. Please plan on entering the park at the Gansevoort Street access point, unless you are in need of an elevator. Elevator service is available at 16th Street, with another elevator opening in July at 14th Street. You may exit the park at any of the access points (Gansevoort, 14th, 16th, 18th, and 20th Streets).

The High Line as a whole is still a construction site: Section 2, from 20th Street to 30th Street, is just entering its landscape construction phase. We ask that all visitors in this inaugural season observe a few guidelines, so the park can be enjoyed by all.

High Line Hours and Rules

The High Line will be open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. We encourage you, if possible, to visit the High Line at times of anticipated slower use, such as early mornings and weekdays.

Regular New York City Parks rules apply for the High Line. Because of space limitations on the High Line, and the fragility of the new park landscape, we need your help. Please stay on the pathways and keep off the gravel. Though the gravel looks like a walking surface, walking on it will damage the new plants. Dogs are currently not allowed on the High Line due to the limited area of the pathways and the fragility of the new plantings.

Visit our Web site for a complete list of park rules.

Ongoing Construction Work

The High Line is a park in progress. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Friends of the High Line wanted visitors to be able to enjoy the park as quickly as possible, but construction and horticulture work will be ongoing during the park's inaugural summer. Please respect this construction activity, including any areas marked temporarily off-limits.

High Line Greeters

We've enlisted a special corps of trained volunteers, our High Line Greeters, to help out on the High Line during our opening season. Greeters will be stationed throughout the park, and can answer questions about the park including location of all park features. You will be able to identify these greeters by their High Line logo T-shirts.

For more information, please call our Park Information Line: (212) 500-6035

For media inquiries, please email contact Jody Fisher at Rubenstein Communications: (212) 843-8296, [email protected]

Public Art Online has published a Case Study of The High Line available online. Follow this link to read the Case Study

The High Line, New York. Photo: Joel Sternfeld 2000

The High Line, New York. Photo: Joel Sternfeld 2000