Former Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement back in his 2021 State of the State address, saying that it would be part of “the most ambitious redevelopment that New York City has seen in decades” (including other plans for redeveloping the West Side like Penn Station renovations & more). The High Line extension will cost $50 million, paid for through a public-private partnership including the Empire State Development, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Brookfield Properties Group, and Friends of the High Line.
Governor Kathy Hochul revealed plans and renderings for the project this past fall, and now with construction underway New Yorkers can see the bridge coming to life thanks to a recent update from the High Line.
The new elevated path, called the “Moynihan Connector,” will join the High Line at 30th Street to the Moynihan Train Hall through the new Manhattan West public plaza on 31st Street and Dyer Avenue.
This will be done through two intersecting bridges: the landscaped Woodlands Bridge that will extend eastward from the existing High Line Spur (parallel to 30th Street) along Dyer Avenue from 10th Avenue to the mid-block between 9th and 10th Avenues, where it will connect to a second Timber Bridge that will travel north and connect into Brookfield’s elevated public space on the north side of 31st Street in an “L” shape.
It will end on 9th Avenue directly across from the entrance to the Farley Building and the new Moynihan Train Hall.
Ground broke on the Connector this February, and construction ramped up this spring and summer. Most work thus far has been on the Woodland Bridge, as shared in a July 27, 2022 update from the High Line.
The green-ified Woodland Bridge will essentially function as a 370-foot-long planter, with custom-shaped precast concrete panels that can hold up to five feet of soil and will become home to flowers, plants and even large-scale trees. The bridge’s walkway will be suspended over the planter soil, with perforations for rainwater, allowing for natural irrigation.
The Timber Bridge, on the other hand, will mostly be constructed in sections offsite and will then be assembled on Dyer Ave in a few more months. In addition to natural elements, the bridges could also provide more space for the High Line’s famous public art installations.
Extending the High Line will give pedestrians safe, unobstructed access to the far West Side of Manhattan via two bridges that will connect to the 10th Avenue terminus of the High Line, the original press release shares.
“Despite the challenges and difficulties presented by COVID-19, New York continues to get things done – building boldly and ambitiously to leave a lasting legacy for future New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said.
The High Line’s connection to Moynihan Train Hall and other nearby attractions complements our investments in Midtown West, encourages better pedestrian access and provides New Yorkers with a truly one-of-a-kind experience. New York State remains steadfast in its commitment to building functional infrastructure that improves quality of life, promotes economic growth, and helps secure a greener Empire State.
Still, this is only phase 1 of extensions for the High Line, NYC’s most popular elevated park. Phase 2 promises to extend the northwestern end of the High Line past the Javits Center, and then to cross the West Side Highway and end at Pier 76, which will be redeveloped to becomes its own new public space, part of Hudson River Park.
The “High Line X Moynihan Connector” is still set to open in the spring of 2023.