Several city officials were on hand to help break ground for the last section of the High Line on Thursday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and co-founders of Friends of the High Line Joshua David and Robert Hammond hosted the ceremony, which commemorates the start of construction for the third and final section of the elevated park.
The last section, which will be called the High Line at the Rail Yards, will be located between West 30th and 34th Streets, and 10th and 12th Avenues. The project is expected to cost an estimated $90 million, paid for by both private and public funds, and will be constructed in phases, with the first part completed in 2014.
As City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden explained, this new stretch will link various city neighborhoods. “The High Line will become part of a continuous network of public open spaces, allowing New Yorkers to walk from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Yards Park and boulevard, all the way up to Times Square.”
It will also be built and designed with the future Hudson Yards in mind. The park, as currently envisioned, will pass through the yet to be built Hudson Yards Tower C on the west side of Manhattan.
The ceremony included a group of students from Clinton Middle School in Chelsea, who along with Bloomberg, Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and donor Diane von Furstenberg tossed native grass and wildflower seeds onto the overgrown landscape of the last section of the High Line.
The High Line at the Rail Yards will be closed during construction, however, during the first two weekends of October, Friends of the High Line will allow visitors to explore the site on self-guided tours. Reservations for these tours will be able to be made online at www.thehighline.org starting on Thursday, September 27.