Photographer's Note

The High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, along the lower west side of Manhattan. It runs from 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center to Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District of the West Village.

The High Line was built in the early 1930s by the New York Central Railroad and was an active railway until 1980. In the 1990s, it became known for the wild grass and trees that grew on the abandoned railway.

The southernmost section reopened as a city park on June 8, 2009. The middle section is still being refurbished, while the northernmost section's future remains uncertain.

Prior to its redevelopment as a park, the line was in a state of disrepair, although the elevated structure was basically sound. Wild grass and plants grew along most of the route.

I went up there several times in the mid-1970s, it was a strange place. In 1976 I brought my Nikon S3 with the 25mm wide-angle lens I had just bought, and took a few pictures. The vignetting is from a filter I was using.

Scanned from the original 35mm B&W negative, Hell s3900 scanner.

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