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Images of the High Line


Have you visited the High Line yet? I haven’t but I am looking forward to making the trip in the near future. The High Line is an elevated train track which fell out of use during the 1950s due to the increased use of interstate highways for freight deliveries. In the late nineties, two New Yorkers came together to start Friends of the High Line, a group whose mission was to keep the historic structure from being demolished. Ultimately, the group partnered with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to reinvent the High Line as a public space. Just a couple of weeks ago the first section of the High Line opened up to the public and the city's response has been very positive.

The High Line website offers excellent historical images of the structure and of the surrounding area as it was before the High Line was built. Looking through these great images, I started wondering what kinds of photographs we had in our Digital Gallery of the High Line. Surprisingly, I didn't find anything when searching by its name. There were images from the West Side Improvement Project but all were of locations above 34th Street, which meant, none of the tracks were the High Line. I then remembered that most of our street scene photographs are indexed by cross street. Searching for “Tenth Ave and 15th” I found some Wurts Brother's photographs. Here's the High Line taking its course through the national biscuit company: 

Tenth Avenue - West 15th Street (Looking North),National Biscuit Company, Digital ID 1558123, New York Public LibraryThis serves as a good reminder to researchers looking for street views of New York City or photographs of New York City buildings in our Digital Gallery. Most often you will not find anything under street addresses or building names (unless they are landmarked or famous). If you don't happen to find photographs for a particular structure you are researching, try searching its cross streets. But avoid doing too much research this weekend. Go out and visit the High Line if you can!


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