New York City Opens New High Line Section with Lush Lawn on Abandoned Railroad Tracks

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NEW YORK (AP).- The ribbon was cut Tuesday on the long-awaited second section of the High Line, revealing a lush green lawn, prime lounging spots and a less-industrial feel than the original stretch of the famous park built on abandoned railroad tracks 30 feet above ground. The new section ends at 30th Street, adding 10 blocks and doubling the length to one mile. The first segment opened in June 2009 and runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. The park meandering through some of Manhattan’s hippest ‘hoods is already a superstar attraction with 2 million visitors a year. If you plan to be among them, here are some High Line secrets and unique features to look for, along with some history. HISTORY: Freight traffic in the area began on street level in 1847, delivering dairy, meat and produce to factories