Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Beltline... soon to be like the High Line?

As you read here, I just got back from a trip to NYC! One of my favorite parts of the trip was walking on the high line. The high line is now a park with a walking path and park that walks a long the historic freight line that runs  through the west side of Manhattan. You will find food trucks, food carts, musicians and coffee shops. Art is sporadically placed along the walking path with stellar views of the city. The park has plenty of seating and cute tables to eat at! Lounging chairs are placed to lay on and look over the Hudson river.

 A picture before the High Line Construction started.

The train tracks were originally laid in 1847 but too many accidents occurred so the city decided to raise them in 1929. In the 1930s they opened, and they successfully stayed open until 1980. They stayed closed until friends of the High Line was founded in 1999 to start design of the park and walking path, 10 years later the High Line opened to the public.

Here are my pictures from the high line!

We have a similar project going on in Atlanta currently, The Beltline. I have blogged about this in the past, you can read my last blog here. This week is very important in Beltline history, another trail opened on October 15th!

The Beltline is not raised, but just like the high line it used to be a train track and now is being finished into a park for the public!

The High Line walks past the old sears building, see in photo below. One of the new developments is turning the Sears building into Ponce City market. The market will be a mixed use building with condos, retail stores, and restaurants. You know something cool? The same developers that helped with the High Line is helping with this project!


I will keep you updated on new developments! Until then use the beltline! See how to enter on the beltline below.

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