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High Line advocates call for West Side rail yards park space

June 09, 2009 08:22AM

The first section of the High Line opened yesterday, and advocates for the project are turning their attention to a section of the old rail yards, hoping it can be turned into park space. Friends of the High Line is calling for about a half-mile — 30th Street, between 10th and 12th avenues, and 12th Avenue between 30th and 33rd streets — to be set aside for park space. The Related Companies was chosen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to develop a combination of commercial and residential buildings, along with parks, a school and cultural facility on the 26-acre West Side rail yards. And while Related officials said they would include the High Line in their development plan, Friends of the High Line said they want the city to officially set it aside for preservation as part of a rezoning.

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