You may be loosely acquainted with what is arguably the city's sleekest park, but architect Babak Bryan is here to help you get on a first-name basis. Look up, and get familiarized with the High Line.
What: The High Line
Where: Far west side of Manhattan, from Gansevoort St. to 34th St., mostly west of 10th Ave.
Neighborhoods spanned: Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen
Year built: 1934
Converted to a park in: 2009 (Phase 1: 2009; Phase 2: 2011; Phase 3: ongoing)
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Park architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro (past projects include Lincoln Center redevelopment, Brasserie Restaurant, and ICA Boston)
Park's landscape architect: James Corner (past projects include Fresh Kills Park)
# of species of plants found: 210, 161 native to New York (a better ratio than the cityâ€™s residents)
Total length of original track laid: 5.7 miles
Current length of park: 1.45 miles (or 91,872 inches)
In operation as at freight line: 1934-1980
Last freight shipment: 3 carloads of frozen turkeys