The High Line at the Rail Yards Opens September 2014
The High Line at the Rail Yards © Iwan Baan
The High Line at the Rail Yards © Iwan Baan
Aerial View of the High Line at the Rail Yards © Iwan Baan
The High Line at the Rail Yards © Iwan Baan
 

On September 21, 2014, the High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. Visitors can now walk the entire length of the High Line in New York City, from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. The Rail Yards section glides west towards the Hudson River, offering dazzling views of the skyline. In this final section, designer Piet Oudolf preserved the self-seeded grasses and wildflowers that have sprouted along the tracks over the years since the trains were shut down. Originally, this section of the rail line was meant to be torn down. Its preservation is a testament to the dedication of Friends of the High Line, which worked for years to engage key stakeholders to ensure its permanent protection.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation was a founding supporter of Friends of the High Line, awarding its first grant in 2007 for the Chelsea Grasslands. In 2011, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation awarded a challenge grant to Friends of the High Line to advance the acquisition of the Rail Yards and support the long-term sustainability of the organization. In recognition of this support, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook was named on the High Line in 2012 at the southernmost tip of the park.

Given its innovative design, the High Line serves as a model of reclamation and innovative use of public spaces for cities globally. It is celebrated as an oasis of green in its urban environment. The space has become a top destination not only for New Yorkers, but for visitors from around the world, hosting nearly five million visitors annually.

Through its Urban Parks Program, the Foundation focuses on strategic design improvements of urban parks in order to enhance surrounding communities and the environment. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is pleased to support the High Line’s success in advancing urban revitalization in New York City.