On the same day that I visited the Westbeth Artist Housing, I got a chance to stroll by the first section of The High Line in New York. It’s been open for about a year now and the place has essentially now been converted into a park walkway out of a high railway line that passed through the city in the 1930s. The tracks were used until the 1980s and then sat abandoned and filled with shrubbery for almost 20 years.
Eventually a community based non-profit group came together with the purpose to figure out a solution to saving this historic structure and re-use it. The efforts paid off because The High Line now is a perfect example of what an amazing thing historic preservation can accomplish. Photograph was taken underneath one of the few train underpass where you’re likely to come across local artist selling their work.