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History of the High Line; New York City


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Now one of the top tourist attractions in New York City, the High Line was originally designed because 10th Avenue, between the waterfront on the lower West Side of Manhattan was known as "death avenue". How did it become a park?

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History of the High Line; New York City

  1. 1. The History of the High Line The first rail tracks on the lower west side of Manhattan were laid along 10th and 11th Avenues south from Penn Station. This was so dangerous that cowboys were hired to ride ahead of trains to warn pedestrians. NEW YORK MINUTE
  2. 2. THE HIGH LINE Despite the warnings from the “West Side Cowboys” there were so many accidents that 10th became known as Death Avenue as trucks and workers from the docks constantly crossed the tracks. NEW YORK MINUTE
  3. 3. THE HIGH LINE As accidents mounted and traffic increased, pressure increased for a solution to the dangerous problem. North of Penn Station, the rail line along the west side of Manhattan was moved underground and is still used today. South, negotiations resulted in the West Side Improvement Project to raise the rail line above street level. This became known as the High Line. It ran over the streets and through warehouses and buildings it served. The High Line opened in 1934.
  4. 4. THE HIGH LINE The Original High Line Rail Line ran from the train yards at 35th Street to St. John’s Park Terminal at Spring Street, near where the Holland Tunnel currently enters Manhattan. It was 13 miles long. It eliminated 105 street level rail crossings; required the destruction of 640 buildings and ran directly through factories and warehouses for loading and unloading. Part of the project was the construction of an adjacent elevated highway, known as the West Side Highway.
  8. 8. THE HIGH LINE One key building was the sprawling Nabisco Factory on Ninth Avenue, between 15th and 16th. There was also a building on 10th. Trains would deliver flour and other goods directly to the factory, as the High Line ran through it. The Oreo cookie was invented there in 1912. NEW YORK MINUTE
  9. 9. THE HIGH LINE In 1960 the southernmost portion was demolished and the High Line ended at Gansevoort Street. NEW YORK MINUTE
  10. 10. THE HIGH LINE As trucking overtook rail for transportation of goods, use of the High Line dropped. The last run was a train of turkeys to the meat-packing district in 1980. NEW YORK MINUTE
  11. 11. THE HIGH LINE New York Minute takes place in July 1977, when the High Line was still partially in operation. The protagonist, William Kane, stops every morning in Vic’s Diner, caddy corner from the High Line’s stub on the southeast corner of Gansevoort and Washington. This plays a significant role in the book. NEW YORK MINUTE
  12. 12. THE HIGH LINE After 1980, the High Line was abandoned and mostly forgotten about. Nature began to take over.
  13. 13. THE HIGH LINE While debate over the fate of the elevated rail line went on, trees grew and some people found the urban wilderness. NEW YORK MINUTE
  14. 14. THE HIGH LINE A proposal was put forth that instead of demolishing the rail line, it should be repurposed into an urban trail for pedestrian use. Construction began in 2006. NEW YORK MINUTE
  15. 15. THE HIGH LINE As the lower West Side of Manhattan, the former Meatpacking District, became more fashionable, the High Line became one of the largest tourist attractions in New York City. NEW YORK MINUTE
  16. 16. THE HIGH LINE The Whitney Museum of American Art opened a new building next to the stub of the High Line on Gansevoort. NEW YORK MINUTE
  17. 17. THE HIGH LINE The abandoned Nabisco Factory became the most expensive property in Manhattan and is now Chelsea Market. You can see the High Line going through the re- purposed factory, bought by Google in 2018 for $2.4 billion. The climactic scene of New York Minute occurs in the NEW YORK MINUTE
  19. 19. THE HIGH LINE But in 1977, Vic’s Diner, where Will Kane stops every morning for breakfast, is caddy-corner from the stub of the High Line, on the corner of Gansevoort and Washington. The lower West Side is derelict, a sign of a city that appears ready to go down the drain.
  20. 20. NEW YORK MINUTE About the author: Bob Mayer up in the Bronx, New York City; graduated West Point, served in the Infantry including leading a recon platoon in the First Cav Division, and then Special Forces (Green Berets), commanding an A-Team and other assignments. After leaving active duty he studied martial arts in the Orient and was brought back for numerous ADSW (Active Duty Special Work) tours in Special Operations. He is the New York Times bestselling author of over 75 books.
  21. 21. NEW YORK MINUTE Author’s Note: After a number of years writing science fiction, I am returning to my roots in the thriller genre. Will Kane represents my most intriguing character to date, a flawed man, with a deep moral code, much like many of those I served with. I’ve surrounded him with a recurring cast of characters with their own strengths, flaw and secrets. I’m very excited to be launching this series. And for those who’ve read my earlier Green Beret books, you’ll be happy that Dave Riley, the protagonist of that series is Will Kane’s cousin and makes an appearance in this book as a 17 year old. BTW— the next Riley book, Old Soldiers, will be out 9 December 2019.
  22. 22. Click on the cover for buy links in eBook, Print and Audio Rambo meets Breaking Bad in New York City in the summer of 1977, culminating during the citywide blackout.
  23. 23. Kane’s journey will continue in Lawyers, Guns and Money and then Walk On The Wild Side
  24. 24. Lawyers, Guns and MoneyWho protects the sheep from the wolves? Another wolf. Ex-Green Beret William Kane has crossed the line he vowed never to: killing. But for every action there is a reaction and now there are forces after him for revenge, chief among them the IRA. The CIA hasn’t forgotten about him either. As the long hot summer of 1977 drags on and the Bronx burns, Kane does some burning of his own, unraveling secrets from his past and helping those who need his particular brand of justice. His problem: where is his new line? Who can he really trust? Coming 16 September 2019
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  28. 28. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains and other places, including time in the Orient studying martial arts. He now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs.