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New York City’s High Line Park to Expand to Moynihan Train Hall

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Paul Berger

A $60 million extension would stretch east to Manhattan West complex adjacent to transport hub.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday revealed plans to connect Manhattan’s aerial park, the High Line, to a new $1.6 billion train hall that opened at the start of this year.

The $60 million project would spur development on the west side of Manhattan at an important time during the pandemic-induced recession, Mr. Cuomo said in a written statement.

“When the private sector economy lags, state governments build infrastructure and spur development,” Mr. Cuomo said.

The High Line has been a major draw for New Yorkers and tourists since it opened a decade ago. The park traces a 1.5-mile route on the site of a former elevated railroad track that winds above Manhattan’s west side.

 
The proposal would extend the park eastward from Tenth Avenue and 30th Street to connect with Brookfield Properties’ Manhattan West, an eight-acre development of offices, restaurants, shops and apartments that abuts the new Moynihan Train Hall.

It would also provide a pedestrian link between the train hall and the $25 billion Hudson Yards development.

The train hall, which opened in the James A. Farley Post Office Building on New Year’s Day, provides services for Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and some NJ Transit riders who would otherwise use New York Penn Station.

Tom Wright, president of the urban-planning group Regional Plan Association, said the High Line extension would enhance the westward expansion of Midtown Manhattan’s central business district.

“The mix of transit, public spaces, commercial and residential development will provide a platform for the city’s growth for decades,” Mr. Wright said.

State officials said the High Line extension would be built by a partnership between Brookfield and the state’s economic-development arm, Empire State Development, as well as the bistate transportation agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Friends of the High Line, the organization that led the conversion of the tracks to public open space.

A spokesman for Empire State Development said the state and Brookfield would each invest $20 million, with private groups contributing the remaining $20 million.

 
State officials said they intend to build a further expansion of the park from its northwestern terminus, at 34th Street and 12th Avenue, to Pier 76 in Hudson River Park.

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