The High Line at the Rail Yards, which opens on Sept. 21, will run along West 30th Street from 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue, then curve north up to West 34th Street. Along with new seating areas, the section will feature newly planted trees, as well as wildflowers and grass that have been growing naturally on the former elevated rail track since trains stopped running there 25 years ago.
“It will be the realization of our original dream for the High Line: to transform the entire structure, enabling visitors to walk all the way from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street,” said Friends of the High Line co-founder Joshua David in a letter to supporters.
“For the first time, we will all be able to walk the length of the High Line — traversing 22 city blocks, uninterrupted, 30 feet in the air, with expansive views of New York City, and the Hudson River.”
The news came just two days after the High Line’s executive director, Jenny Gersten, announced she was stepping down after holding the position less than a year.
“I have come to the realization that my real desire is to return to full-time work in the arts, focusing on the kinds of arts institution and cultural programming which I love most,” Gersten said in a statement Tuesday.
The High Line will host a series of events during the first week of the section’s opening, including a morning wellness class, lunchtime concert and educational talks.