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This unique 1.45 mile long park or green way  is built on a section of the elevated retired New York Central Railroad section called the West Side line. This retired railroad ran along the lower west side of Manhattan. This park isn’t the first of its kind. One of the main inspirations for this park was a similar project in Paris a the 3-mile Promenade Plantee finished in 1993

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The re-purposing this section of elevated railroad not only beautifies the area but has also spurred growth in the surrounding real estate market. The designers added modern contemporary touches with the seating and arrangement of the fixtures throughout. A pixelated effect was used in the design that is only realized from an aerial view from either a surrounding building or helicopter (unless you can fly). Highline park also has accent lighting at night although I am not sure if the lights are powered by green means.  The park features artwork, lush horticulture, seasonal food vendors, community programming.  The High Line runs between Gansevort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Highline park also features views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. Projects like these revitalize cities and and preserve the local history, more of these projects should be taken on both for their economical and aesthetic benefits.

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