Penn Station’s expansion, the brand new Moynihan Train Hall, has been impressing New Yorkers since it opened earlier this year.
And now, an exciting new element is in the works: a connection to one of NYC’s very best parks, the High Line.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in his 2021 State of the State address back in January, saying that it would be “the most ambitious redevelopment that New York City has seen in decades.” It 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.
And now, the new Governor Kathy Hochul has revealed the plans for what the project will look like.
The project involves a new elevated path, the “Moynihan Connector,” that will connect the High Line at 30th Street to Moynihan Train Hall through the new Manhattan West public plaza on 31st Street and Dyer Avenue. This will be done through two bridges: the new landscaped Woodlands Bridge that will extend eastward from the existing High Line 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 which will travel north and connect into Brookfield’s elevated public space on the north side of 31st Street in an “L” shape.
It would end on 9th Avenue directly across from the entrance to the Farley Building and the new Moynihan Train Hall.
A press release says that 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.
“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, it 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.
And now we also have a timeline: the project is set to be completed by spring of 2023.