Basically, all the development going on above the meatpacking district - the new hotel, the Highline Festival curated by David Bowie, the opening of the Highline Ballroom show venue, and the rash of condos going up, essentially stops around 27th/28th St. And so a lot of the attention and preservation fever going on has ignored that the tracks continue on past there, loop around toward the river and end around 34th St.
This section was in danger of being ripped down for the Jets stadium plan. Then the Dolans who own MSG and Cablevision want to put a new MSG on top of the back of the main Post Office. That may still happen. And if it does, I'm sure some fool will want to tear down the tracks for "luxury" condos.
Well, lo and behold, the city has just the other day posted it's proposal for the new Hudson Yards development plan. It's boring to say the least, and mediocre at best. Not only will the tracks probably come down, our neighborhood is about to get overrun. This is essentially the biggest city plan since Robert Moses held sway over the city. The bidding is starting soon. The pdf and plans are here:
More info is here:
So, the tracks are still in danger of getting ripped down, and the park that is being built on top of it may not reach all the way into our neighborhood if these plans are locked in. Which would be a shame. Even more of a shame is that this neighborhood is about to become the Wild West for builders, and rents are going to fly up. If the tracks were preserved, it'd preserve the open space, and limit the building to happen. But now it looks like that won't happen unless there's a fight for the tracks.
Friend of the Highline is here: