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A decade after Friends of the High Line was founded to advocate for saving the historic structure, the first section of the elevated park opened to the public this week. The railway that once carried cattle to slaughter now bears the weight of visitors comfortably walking and lounging along the pathway between Gansevoort and West 20th Street. While many of the original tracks have been preserved amidst the new walkways, flowers, foliage and LED lighting, it’s sad to see that not just some, but all of the paintings and graffiti that added some depth and character walls along the tracks are gone.

But for a few hints of overspray peeking out from behind the buff, the walls have all been painted gray. See some of our photographs below of the otherwise well designed and interesting new park.