The High Line, part 2

The long awaited, much anticipated second section of the Chelsea High Line finally opened last week. James Corner Field Operations enlisted architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and planting designer Piet Oudolf to complete the half mile-long stretch of elevated walkway. When the entire project is completed it will run 22 blocks through Manhattan’s West side, a total of 1.5 miles, divided into three half mile stages of construction. The first section, completed in 2009, drew crowds with its streamlined simplicity and elegance both in the landscaping and quality of building materials (benches, flooring, lighting design, etc.), but at only a half mile-long the original High Line walk was so short lived it was almost disappointing, especially given all the hype and anticipation leading up to its debut.

But now with section 2 securely in place, park-goers can double the length of their summer strolls. The new section also includes a relatively wide stretch of lawn, addressing the criticism section 1 received for its painfully limited horizontal axis. Other changes include more seating areas, like the very lounge-worthy mound of grass pictured below. If all goes according to plan, and it looks like it will, the third and final section will be completed in 2013.

Photographs by Iwan Baan and Barry Munger.