Final phase of High Line launches

Plants on the High Line.

It may be under weeds and rusty railroad tracks, but the final section of the High Line is now underway.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the third and final section of the High Line this morning, showing where the popular park’s third and final section will extend to 34th Street.

The High Line has been a hot spot for both tourists and New Yorkers, attracting about 10 million people since opening in 2009, according to the mayor’s office.

The extension, which officials are calling the High Line at the Rail Yards, will cost about $90 million and is slated to open in 2014.

Bloomberg called the elevated space “a one-of-a-kind public park.”

“The park has become a local treasure and an international icon, as well as an important generator of economic growth for our city,” he said.

To officially start the construction, the mayor and students from Chelsea’s Clinton Middle School tossed seeds of native grass and wildflowers onto the site.

The extension will incorporate favorites from other parts of the park, like meandering pathways and benches, and will add a playground area for kids.

The space used to be rail tracks, but it had been abandoned since trains stopped running in the 1980s.

In October, builders will start removing rail tracks and ballast and waterproof the elevated rail.

The construction area is closed to the public, but visitors can see the site during Rail Yards Weekends, which hosts tours between 12 and 4 p.m. the first two weekends in October.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

National

Top 10 most hipster college campuses

Hipsters are everywhere these days. You can't walk down the anywhere anymore without seeing a pair of skinny jeans on a handlebar mustachioed 20-something, a…

Arts

Theater: Discouraging 'Poor Behavior'

Theresa Rebeck's latest off-Broadway play, about two couples sparring on a weekend getaway, repeats a few mistakes of her past.

Gossip

Chef Todd English arrested for DWI in the…

Celebrity chef Todd English is facing DWI charges after a traffic stop on Sunday.

Movies

Box office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is 2014's…

This weekend "The Guardians of the Galaxy" passed the fourth "Transformers" movie to become the highest grossing film of 2014.

Gossip

Spears back with controversial ex?

Is Briteny Spears back with Adnan Ghalib?

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…

Travel

10 free apps to make traveling easier

Finding the nearest bathroom, calculating currency exchanges and locating your departure gate must have been difficult for travelers of previous generations. But we wouldn't know,…

Travel

How to get a seat upgrade to business…

It used to be much easier to upgrade your coach seat to business or even first class, but rigid rules and tighter schedules have made…