‘Manhattan Promenade’: The Plan for Adaptive Reuse of the High Line ca. 1979, and Other New Historic Images

High Line looking north up Washington Street at Little West 12th Street.jpg

We’re proud to share with the public new historic images and materials from a 1979 proposal by Greenwich Village architect Noah Greenberg to turn the abandoned West Side Elevated Rail Line that ran through his neighborhood into a “park in the sky” called “Manhattan Promenade.” While the proposal was well received at the time, it of course never came to fruition; it would not be until 30 years later that the reimagined railway would open to the public as the High Line.

Incredible images of and from the abandoned railway in 1979 have been added to our Historic Image Archive; the full original 1979 proposal for adaptive reuse, with text, map, and pictures, has been added to our Preservation History Archive.

Cable Building, 1910

We’ve also recently added to our Historic Image Archive nearly 20 new historic images culled from recent landmarks applications, from the 19th and early 20th centuries, of buildings along St. Luke’s Place, Bleecker Street, Houston and Broadway, and more. 

October 15, 2021