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PHOTOS: Last Stretch of NYC's High Line Opens to Rave Reviews

PHOTOS: Last Stretch of NYC's High Line Opens to Rave Reviews

PHOTOS: Last Stretch of NYC's High Line Opens to Rave Reviews

The elevated park is now complete, stretching nearly a mile and a half through west Manhattan.

The last half-mile extension of the High Line — an elevated park built on top of abandoned train tracks — opened on Sunday to an enthusiastic response. The much-loved public space is now complete, stretching from Gansevoort Street in the south to the newest addition, which reaches 34th Street and 11th Avenue to the north. The four-block extension loops past a hugh high-rise development called Hudson Yards, and includes ample space for strolling, sitting, and gathering your thoughts (when it's not packed with visitors). Other highlights of the extension include a giant xylophone known as a "chime bench," as well as a playful "see-saw" bench.

The High Line was conceived by two gay men back in the late 1990s, who based it on a similar elevated park in Paris. Pictured above is Manhattan's out councilman, Corey Johnson, cutting the park's ribbon.

Above: General atmosphere at High Line on September 20.

 

Friends of the Highline Co-Founder and President Joshua David.

 

 

Councilman Corey Johnson attends High Line At The Rail Yards Dedication And Opening Ceremony.

 

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