Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:00pm

Photo caption: The High Line opens vistas across broad avenues and busy cross streets. Here, park visitors get an elevated view of midday traffic in Chelsea.

Credit: Echo Pictures

The mile-and-half-long High Line is like a living museum of plants - a tour de force of public landscaping - carefully curated atop an abandoned elevated railroad that was saved from the wrecking ball. Like the old freight line it replaced, the new park rises above busy streets and runs in one side of buildings and out the other, as it winds its way from the historic Meatpacking District through Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen to Hudson Yards.

Great Museums® Television’s newest documentary, Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City, airs on WXXI-TV June 20, 2014 at 10 p.m. Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon, the hour-long HD film showcases one of the world’s most unusual and unlikely public parks. Opened in 2009, the High Line is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with nearly 5 million visitors annually.