Section two of the High Line is open!

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  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Chelsea Thicket

    Chelsea Thicket

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    23rd Street Lawn

    23rd Street Lawn

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    23rd Street Lawn and Seating Steps

    23rd Street Lawn and Seating Steps

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Falcone Flyover

    Falcone Flyover

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Falcone Flyover

    Falcone Flyover

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    26th Street Viewing Spur

    26th Street Viewing Spur

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Wildflower Field

    Wildflower Field

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Wildflower Field

    Wildflower Field

  • Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

    Radial Bench

    Radial Bench

  • Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line

    30th Street Cut-Out and Viewing Platform

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    The High Line, section two

Photograph: Iwan Baan 2011

Chelsea Thicket

Chelsea Thicket

Well, technically—the elevated park had its soft opening yesterday afternoon. With the launch of the second section of the High Line, the park has now doubled in size, which means there are plenty of spots where you can hang out (once the crowds die down, that is). In addition to the new elements, the area also features the Lot, a temporary public plaza that's currently home to AOL's colorful Rainbow City installation. Food trucks such as Coolhaus and Taim Mobile will serve grub, and Colicchio & Sons will run a bar serving wine and beer, including a special ale made by Brooklyn Brewery. (You can also check out our High Line guide for more things to do in and around the park.)

Click through for a preview of the High Line's new elements.

Chelsea Thicket
Situated at the beginning of the new section of the High Line, this wooded area features winterberry and American holly trees, among other shrubbery.

23rd Street Lawn and Seating Steps
One of the coolest elements of the park is the 4,900-square-foot lawn, which stretches from 22nd to 23rd Streets. Park your butt on the seating steps (made of reclaimed teak) at 22nd Street, or just stretch out in the grass—this will surely be a prime people-watching spot. 

Falcone Flyover
From the lawn, you'll walk onto a pathway built eight feet above the High Line itself; the flyover, as it's being called, is lined with different types of plants, including sumac and magnolia trees. There are also plenty of benches along this part of the park.

26th Street Viewing Spur
This steel frame evokes old billboards situated along Tenth Avenue. From the street, passersby can look up and see people lounging on the bench facing the piece.

Wildflower Field
Three blocks of the park are filled with blooming flora, including wildflowers and grasses.

Radial Bench
The third and final section of the High Line—which hasn't been developed yet—begins where 30th Street curves from Tenth Avenue toward the West Side Rail Yards. One part of the park follows the beginning of that curve, near 29th Street; there's an especially long bench where you can camp out and watch the crowds stroll by.

30th Street Cut-Out
From a platform at the northern end of the park, you can look down and see the steel frame underneath the High Line.

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