The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year.

The park is now marking two milestones. Its final section opened Wednesday, days before the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first section on June 9, 2009.

The elevated rail line was built in the 1930s to raise freight trains above street level. Efforts to preserve the line started in the 1980s, after the trains stopped running.

This June 3, 2011 photo shows train tracks in the undeveloped section 3 of the High Line near Hudson Yards in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This June 3, 2011 photo shows train tracks in the undeveloped section 3 of the High Line near Hudson Yards in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The blocks surrounding the High Line then were largely undeveloped and considered dangerous by some.

Anthony Annaruma remembers the area when it was frequented by sex workers. Now, he’s working on a new building where apartments will sell for millions of dollars.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, people walk along a newly-acquired section of the High Line in Manhattan's west side in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, people walk along a newly-acquired section of the High Line in Manhattan’s west side in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, exposed rail tracks run beside a walkway on the High Line, a walkway park created on abandoned railroad through way in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, exposed rail tracks run beside a walkway on the High Line, a walkway park created on abandoned railroad through way in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, Robert Hammond, co-founder and the executive director of Friends of the High Line, sits for an interview on the the High Line, a walkway park created on abandoned railroad through way, Tuesday March 5, 2019, in New York. The park is now marking two milestones. Its final section opened on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, days before the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first section on June 9, 2009.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, Robert Hammond, co-founder and the executive director of Friends of the High Line, sits for an interview on the the High Line, a walkway park created on abandoned railroad through way, Tuesday March 5, 2019, in New York. The park is now marking two milestones. Its final section opened on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, days before the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first section on June 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this July 11, 2003 file photo, grass and weeds cover the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long elevated steel railroad spur built 70 years ago to carry freight trains into the west side of Manhattan. The creators of New York's High Line park turned the disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that now welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE – In this July 11, 2003 file photo, grass and weeds cover the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long elevated steel railroad spur built 70 years ago to carry freight trains into the west side of Manhattan. The creators of New York’s High Line park turned the disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that now welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, tThe bronze bust of a Black woman entitled
In this May 29, 2019 photo, tThe bronze bust of a Black woman entitled “Brick House,” is seen on an elevated walkway park called the High Line in New York. The sculpture is the first of rotating works of art to be displayed in the section of the park called “The Spur,” located at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this June 8, 2008 file photo, people walk on a previously abandoned elevated rail line which was transformed into the High Line park. The once disused rail line, which runs 1.5 miles on the west side of Manhattan is now an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this June 8, 2008 file photo, people walk on a previously abandoned elevated rail line which was transformed into the High Line park. The once disused rail line, which runs 1.5 miles on the west side of Manhattan is now an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a new residential hi-rise has new signage installed to advertise its luxury rentals along the High Line park in New York. In the beginning, the park was remarkable for its ability to lift visitors above the streetscape to a perch with unique vistas over mostly low-rise rooftops. It was a park in the sky. Now, it is increasingly in a canyon of tall, luxury condominium buildings that have sprouted along its sides. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a new residential hi-rise has new signage installed to advertise its luxury rentals along the High Line park in New York. In the beginning, the park was remarkable for its ability to lift visitors above the streetscape to a perch with unique vistas over mostly low-rise rooftops. It was a park in the sky. Now, it is increasingly in a canyon of tall, luxury condominium buildings that have sprouted along its sides. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled “Brick House,” by Chicago artist Simone Leigh, is seen among the buildings and vegetation in the High Line park section called “The Spur,” located at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Once a land of industrial buildings, parking lots and auto repair businesses, the neighborhood around the High Line is now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, visitors walking along the High Line in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this March 5, 2019 photo, visitors walking along the High Line in New York. An estimated 8 million visitors a year now visit the park, which threads 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) through an utterly transformed part of Manhattan now anchored at one end by the dazzling new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and and at the other by Hudson Yards, a $25 billion development of skyscrapers, shops and a performing arts center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, park visitors walking on the High Line in New York, view a nearby building with a political display. The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis that now welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, park visitors walking on the High Line in New York, view a nearby building with a political display. The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis that now welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, visitors to the park gather near a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled
In this May 29, 2019 photo, visitors to the park gather near a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled “Brick House,” by Chicago artist Simone Leigh in the High Line park in New York. The installation will be on view through September 2019, kicking off a rotation of new commissions. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled
In this May 29, 2019 photo, a bronze bust of a Black woman entitled “Brick House,” by Chicago artist Simone Leigh, is seen in the High Line park section called “The Spur,” in New York. Located at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue, in an area dedicated to visual art called the Plinth, the installation will be on view through September kicking off a rotation of new commissions. “Brick House” is the first commissioned work or art displayed on the High Line. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, visitors walk between blooming flowers on the High Line in New York. The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 29, 2019 photo, visitors walk between blooming flowers on the High Line in New York. The creators of New York’s High Line park turned a disused rail line into an urban oasis, art showcase and tourism magnet that welcomes 8 million visitors a year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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