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Popular NYC High Line park doubles in size

New York City’s High Line: it’s a three-way intersection between nature, urban redevelopment, and sporadic exhibitionism from guests at a hotel, which straddles the walkway.

Locals and tourists alike have something else to look forward to as a 10-block extension of the elevated public park on Manhattan's West Side opens today.

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People look through an outdoor ad frame while sitting on a bench in section 2 of the High Line in New York. The ribbon was cut Tuesday, June 7 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.

 Crumbling and dilapidated, the old railroad viaduct was transformed into a park in 2009.

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This 1934 shows a train on street level in New York. Freight traffic in the area began on street level in 1847, delivering dairy, meat and produce to factories and packing plants on the West Side near the Hudson River. The trains crashed so often with traffic — first carriages, then cars — that 10th Avenue was dubbed "Death Avenue." Signalmen on horses waving red flags dubbed West Side Cowboys weren't much help, so the tracks were elevated in 1934.

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This 1953 photo shows "View on the Tracks," a view of the Empire State Building from the High Line in New York.

 The park’s second phase will more than double the length, hopefully clearing up some of the human traffic jams that occur.

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Visitors to section 1 of Manhattan's High Line stroll along the elevated railway converted to a city park that winds through the meatpacking District and West Chelsea neighborhoods, in New York, on June 3. The first segment opened in June 2009 and runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street.

 The new portion snakes its way through more urban landscapes from 20th Street in Manhattan’s West Chelsea, to 30th Street.

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The newly finished section 2 of the High Line in New York, before its opening.