Principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards

Friends of the High Line is developing a series of principles for the treatment of the High Line at the rail yards. We strongly urge the MTA to make the following principles a requirement for the selected rail yards developer.  The developers’ proposals demonstrate that all of these principles are feasible.  We look forward to working with the selected developer to incorporate these principles in the final development of the site.    

This is a draft. We’d like to hear your comments on how you’d like to see the High Line treated at the rail yards.  

1. Preserve the entire historic High Line structure, including the section along 12th Avenue and the spur to – and over – Tenth Avenue.  The majority of the proposals have demonstrated that this approach is both feasible and preferred.

2. The High Line should have a consistent design identity along its entire length from Gansevoort Street to 34th StreetThe High Line at the rail yards should be treated with the same design vocabulary established by the High Line design team for Sections 1 and  2.

3. The High Line structure should be distinct from adjacent structures, as it is south of 30th Street There should be some separation between the High Line and the adjacent structures on both 30th Street and 12th Avenue.  The interior and exterior High Line railings should be maintained throughout.  Buildings under the High Line should engage the structure in diverse ways, with a variety of building forms, with at least 25% of the High Line’s underside visible and open to the space below.

4. Access: Connections to the High Line should be made at multiple points, both to the platform and to grade at 30th Street These connections should be made at discrete points, similar to the proposed connections in Section 1 and 2.  However, a wider connection would be appropriate at the cultural facility and at the terminus of Hudson Boulevard.

5. The 30th Street View Corridor must remain open and unobstructed.  Buildings should not be allowed to cantilever over the High Line along 30th Street.  Cantilevers over the High Line along 12th Avenue are acceptable.

6. The continuation of the High Line on the 33/34 Block should be anticipated.  The High Line public open space should continue, unobstructed, to the point where it currently meets street grade at 34th Street.

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3 Responses

  1. please make use of solar panels in all the construction, please re-cycle all water, please have subways and buses service the area, please make possible/affordable purchase of condos,please have Trader’s Joe , Target and Neiman Marcus occupy retail sections w/ restaurants like Balthazar.Upscale and affordable should exist side by side.Come up with creative plans on how the public can be involved in exchange for ownership of condos.Make it a place people will want to go to like Quartier Latin in Paris. Put museums , art schools, galleries and jazz clubs in addition to MTA offices.Best/most successful building in Manhattan to date is the TimeWarner center at Columbus circle because the subways goes into it, the food stores, the clothing stores,the restaurants,the jazz clubs, the park, and residential all live under one roof.So welcoming to every New Yorker.Bravo for making it possible and hope Hudson Project can have all those and more =making it the most welcoming area of Manhattan.Thankyou!

  2. In addition to these wise and sensitive guidelines, any development should retain a significant amount of rail-related artifacts and railroad heritage so that future users will grasp and understand that they are in a former rail yard, not a disused parking lot or elevated meadow.
    Sincerely,
    WS Marsh

  3. […] Related’s original proposal included the preservation of the entire High Line, including the spur over Tenth Avenue and the entire 30th Street section, which might have been demolished in Tishman Speyer’s plan. Though we haven’t seen the terms of their current agreement with the MTA, we hope they’ll stick with full preservation, fulfilling the first, and most important, of our principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards. […]

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