The High Line Spur, the final section of the elevated park, opens

The Spur, which hovers over Tenth Avenue, is 10 years in the
making

Almost 10 years to the day after the first section of the High
Line debuted, one of the massively popular park’s final pieces is
ready for its close-up.

The High Line Spur—which runs above 30th Street and culminates
in a large open space that hovers above Tenth Avenue—has finally
opened to the public, seven years after the Friends of the High
Line, the nonprofit that oversees the park,
first revealed designs for it
. The Spur also includes a section
known as the High Line Plinth, which will feature large-scale art
installations; the first one, Simone Leigh’s Brick House, will be
on display for the next 18 months.

Getting to this point wasn’t exactly easy for the Friends of
the High Line; in fact, there was a time when the Spur was in
danger of being torn down. In 2008, faced with the prospect of
demolition to make way for Hudson Yards, the Friends launched a
“Save Our Spur” campaign in the hopes of keeping the section of
elevated railway from being razed. After rallies—and gaining the
support of both elected officials and developer Related Companies,
which is behind the adjacent megaproject—the Spur was saved.

“The ability to save this section was really predicated on
being able to come up with a negotiation with the developer
here,” says Adam Ganser, the vice president of planning and
design for the High Line. That negotiation involved designing 10
Hudson Yards in such a way that part of the building cantilevers
over the Spur, creating what Ganser calls a “cathedral-like”
space on the part of the Spur that’s closest to the
megaproject.

The Friends of the High Line came up with more than two dozen
designs for the Spur, but eventually landed on one that Ganser
describes as “less is more.”

“The ingredients of the High Line are pretty successful,” he
explains. “It’s trying to take the same ingredients and
amplifying them in ways that make it feel different but also make
it feel familiar.” That means incorporating pieces of the old
railway into the path, planting the expanse with native wildflowers
and other flora, and creating spaces for people to sit, play, and
relax. The materials used for this section include Cor-Ten steel
and aluminum, helping it to retain the industrial feel of the rest
of the park.

But the Spur is different from other parts of the High Line in
some crucial ways—namely, size. The pathway of the Spur is larger
than other sections of the linear park, and it ends in a wide open
space that’s anchored by the Plinth and its monumental
sculpture.

That space is especially important given the popularity of the
High Line, which can lead to crowds—particularly on nice
weekends—that make it hard to traverse the park’s narrower
paths further south.

“When we first opened the park and the city was first talking
about saving this, the west side was a totally different
place—the idea that we’d have 500,000 to 1 million people was a
stretch,” Ganser says. Fast forward a decade, and the High Line
is now getting more than 7 million visitors each year. With the
Spur—which has ample seating, space for events, and even new
bathrooms—there may be more breathing room on the High Line.

“My hope is that this space, in addition to being a place that
people want to come, will also be a way for people to get off of
the High Line,” Ganser explains.

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The High Line Spur, the final section of the elevated park, opens