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The Third Section of the High Line Opens September 21st

High Line Park
High Line Park via (cc) David Berkowitz - marketersstudio.com / twitter.com/dberkowitz

September 21st will mark an important milestone for the High Line as the third and final major section of the park opens to the public.

It's been an amazing journey for the High Line since it was first proposed in 1999 - the park has gone from an abandoned and forgotten relic to one of the premier parks of the city and a symbol of urban rejuvenation - and the opening of this third section brings a sense of completion to the grand plan of the park.

In contrast to the mostly north-south layout of the current High Line, the third section will curve west through a somewhat unseen area of Manhattan, the West Side Rail Yards owned by the MTA.

High Line / West Side Rail Yards - via City of New York and Friends of the High Line

The West Side Rail Yards will eventually be transformed into NYC's newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, but currently stands unique as one of the few places where no structures have been built that block wide-open views of the sky. This openness (which is sure to slowly disappear as Hudson Yards skyscrapers take form) and the proximity of the Hudson River and the West Side Highway will create a much different experience on this section of the High Line compared to the meandering path in the midst of apartment buildings and art galleries that has typified the previous two sections of the park.

Are you planning on visiting the park this Sunday? Stop by September 21st from 7am to 11pm. The third section has an entrance at West 30th and West 34th at Eleventh Ave. Check out the High Line website for a calendar of activities and directions to the park, and if you take any great photos of the High Line, send them in to @agreatbigcity on Twitter!

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