The third and final section of the High Line is under construction and parts should be open by next year, but the High Line's arts program is offering people a chance to explore the mostly uncharted territory and discover new works of art inside. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David takes a special joy in walking through the still raw section of the High Line.
Before he and others helped transform the first two sections of the rail line into an elevated park, they all looked like the image at right. That's why the High Line is now offering free walking tours in areas with the original landscape.
"This is one of the most special parts of the High Line," David said. "It's the third northernmost section, and right now, it's not open to the public. So the opportunity to be able to come here and see the original, self-seeded landscape that originally inspired the whole project is, in itself, a special treat."
There is also a new sculpture exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove. The seven pieces are made of different materials and vary in size, but they all relate to the High Line in some way. One work resembles a train platform. The construction of another piece celebrates the nearby train tracks.
It's no coincidence that one piece of sculpture resembles a picture frame, because really, the High Line is intended to reframe views of the city.
"You're seeing the High Line itself in a new way," David says. "You're seeing the artworks in a new way. And you're seeing New York City in a new way."
The High Line is currently open to the public from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. A section from 30th Street to 34th Street is under construction.
For many people, the draw is just being able to come here.
"That's one of the things that makes us so glad that we can do these tours and open it up," David says. "And yet, it's in small groups, so it still feels like a very special experience."
The walks have just started, but they are already booked for the next few months. However, starting in mid-June, reservations can be made for walks in the late summer and the fall.
For More Information
For more information on the art walks, go to www.thehighline.org.
Art walks will take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until May 2014. Tickets are free. Advance reservations are required.
Reservations are full through Saturday, August 3, 2013. Check back in mid-June when reservations will be available for walks taking place in late summer and the fall.
Walks are free.