As the High Line Grows in NYC, Businesses Fall in Love With A Park

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The New York CIty Highline Park (Photo: Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

(New York, NY -- Ilya Marritz, WNYC)

The High Line is growing.

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to cut the ribbon on a 10-block extension of the popular elevated public park on Manhattan's West Side Tuesday, businesses are already clamoring to be near to the new section of the converted freight rail line, which runs from 20th to 30th streets near Tenth Avenue.

If that wasn’t so obvious a decade ago to what extent the High Line itself would become a business. Today, it’s a public park run by a nonprofit, Friends of the High Line. Major donors range from Estee Lauder to Levi's to property developers, and the board is a who's who of arts, real estate and high finance in New York.

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