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17 The High Line

The High Line

The High Line
There used to be a street level railroad running down the west side of Manhattan. And out in front of the trains, they would send men on horses waving flags and lanterns to warn the traffic of the approaching train. Nevertheless, they still had a lot of accidents, so they decided to move the train up a level. They created The Highline, the remnants of which we can still see here. Between the ‘30s and the ‘60s, this would carry a lot of freight in and out of the city, especially meat products related to the meat packing district here. And then from the ‘60s onwards, there was a lot of competition from trucks and planes that gradually fell into decline. And the last train left in 1980, carrying a wagonload of frozen turkeys. Following its closure in the 1980s, The Highline became a bit of an urban wilderness. Then at the start of this century, work began to transform it into this amazing green space and elevated walkway. Today, there's about a one and half mile stretch open. It's a really wonderful example of urban renewal, and a lovely place to take a walk high above the city streets.
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The Meat Packing District

The Meat Packing District

The Meat Packing District

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