The New York City High Line Portrait Project

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FHL photo of Ralph by Tom Kletecka

New York City’s High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side built in the 1930s to remove dangerous trains from the streets. No trains have run on it since 1980.

Instead of demolishing the High Line, a non-profit group called Friends of the High Line convinced the city government to preserve the rail structure for reuse as an elevated public open space.

Photography plays a major part in the preservation efforts by way of The High Line Portrait Project, featuring photos of people in the neighborhood and expressing their dreams. The HLPP is undertaken jointly by the FHL, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and Fujifilm USA.

Construction is underway on the High Line and the first section of the part is expected to open in 2008.

Photo: Tom Kletecka

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.