The West Side line of New York City connected 34th Street to St. John’s Park Terminal. It functioned in the heart of NYC as a freight transport for agricultural goods such as frozen turkeys until the line fell into disuse in the 80s.
After sessions of litigation and efforts to preserve the historic line the newly formed non-profit Friends of the High Line became caretakers of the High Line and spearheaded the railway’s conversion to a public park.
In 2006 The City accepts ownership of the High Line and breaks ground on the transformation process.
The first section opened in 2009 to the public today the 1.4 mile High Line park offers an elevated venue to hundreds of events, programs and activities aimed at supporting the diverse communities surrounding the High Line. It incorporates planting design inspired by the landscape that naturally grew through the out-of-use elevated rail tracks.
Much of the original freight rail and spikes were left intact during the transformation however there were materials left over. Friends of the High Line approached Tokens & Icons to create a collection of unique gifts from these unique, weathered materials, rich with New York City history.
Learn more: thehighline.org