This 1.45 mile-long park built on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City is one of the most famous and indeed most impressive landmarks of New York City. The idea of the park, inspired by the similar project in Paris, dates back to 1999 when Mayor Giuliani wanted to tear the abandoned railroad down. Friends of the High Line, founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, residents of the High Line neighborhood, managed to raise enough money to preserve and reuse High Line as public open space.
Repurposing of the railway into an urban park began in 2006, with the first phase opening in 2009 and the second phase opening in 2011. The park is still under construction, and as of 2014, it gets more than 5 million visitors annually. It’s a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon in NYC.