High Line Founders' Book Hits Shelves

By Mathew Katz on October 18, 2011 3:49pm 

The cover of the new High Line book, which chronicles the development of the elevated park.
The cover of the new High Line book, which chronicles the development of the elevated park.
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Friends of the High Line

CHELSEA — The High Line Park is an international tourist destination for thousands of visitors and a regular strolling spot for the neighborhood's workers and residents.

But only years ago it was a derelict section of train tracks, and it took nearly a decade of fighting to turn the High Line into what it is today.

That story is chronicled in a book now available in stores, "High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," written by park co-founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond. It tells the tale of the project, from its inception in 1999 to the opening of its first phase in 2009.

The book features early plans for the park and 250 pages of color photos of the elevated green space. It also chronicles the unique public-private partnership that made the project possible.

All proceeds from the new book will go toward maintaining the park. It's priced at $30 and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and through the park's website.

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