August 1, 2006 | Aaron
I know it's been a while since I put any new photos up here but I've got a gigantic gallery today to herald my triumphant return. It's called The End of The Highline and unsurprisingly, covers The Highline, Manhattan's only elevated railway, although it has laid abandoned for over two decades.
In all likelihood, these could be some of the last pictures of The Highline in its decrepit, decayed state as it is currently being converted into an elevated park running through the middle of the city. When I heard that construction was beginning, I hurried over there just days before the ground breaking. Some construction on about half the line had already been begun, so I was able to capture it in a strange state of transformation.
I loved being up there, though. It was so surreal to walk through the tall grass and trees growing amongst the rusted train tracks and rotted rail ties, skyscrapers at my side. It was like being trapped in a strange post apocalyptic pocket of civilization, the world all around you moving as it always has but for some reason, the two mile stretch you're treading has been eerily forgotten. I'm sad to see it go, because I never think these abandoned structures are an eyesore at all. Fortunately, it's nice to see that they're not just tearing it down but turning it into a public space that will probably be really nice.