Park in the Sky Opens This Week

Monday, June 08, 2009

The first portion of the High Line Park will open to the public tomorrow. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The High Line will be a public park. But it's uniqueness has attracted a lot of private money. Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and media executive Barry Diller have together given $15 million and other private donors another $30 million.

That's important because converting an old elevated freight rail line, 30 feet in the air, is costing close to $200 million. It's not a big park; it's only a ribbon about a mile and a half long. But it's filled with lots of different corners, pavilions, gardens and overlooks, each reflecting the latest in landscape design. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

REPORTER: In order to control the expected crowds, for the next few weeks visitors will have to enter the High Line Park at Gansevoort Street near 10th Avenue.


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