High Line Project Gets $250,000 in House Appropriations Bill

Aug 5, 2003

Washington, DC - The House of Representatives has included $250,000 in its Transportation Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2004 for the High Line Project, thanks to a successful funding request by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

The federal funding is an important step in preserving the High Line, a disused freight rail, and converting it into a pedestrian walkway, 1.45 miles in length, crossing 25 streets and linking three Manhattan neighborhoods, with 6.7 acres of open space atop its elevated rail deck. In addition to providing a walkway and green space in a neighborhood that is currently lacking open space, the High Line Project will allow for additional transportation uses in the future.

"The High Line presents the City and State of New York an opportunity to create a world-renowned urban amenity that will serve the community and attract a wide variety of visitors. It makes no sense to tear down a piece of perfectly good transportation infrastructure that could not only move people, but do so in such a unique manner. That is the essence of New York City," said Nadler.

More than 70 years ago, the High Line began to serve western Manhattan as a mode of rail freight transportation, bringing food and merchandise into the area. In recent years the High Line has sat dormant, but remains an opportunity for transit and recreation. The $250,000 in the House bill will be used for planning and design of the High Line Project.

"The High Line is a symbol of New York's great past as a transportation and manufacturing hub. Let's not lose the unique opportunity it presents us now to create a spectacular public space for future generations to enjoy and admire. By preserving this one-of-a-kind monument to New York's railroad heritage, the city can keep its transportation options open in a rapidly changing neighborhood," said Nadler.

Rep. Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents the 8th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.