Tomorrow, when visitors enter the third and final section of the High Line at the Rail Yards, their first footsteps will take them to a unique spot in this now mile-and-a-half long park. Some day — not tomorrow, but in a year or so — this little knuckle known as The Crossroads will be the only spot in the park where you could go in any direction of the compass. Visitors this weekend will enter from the south, and if they like can walk a bit to the east (under the construction shed). When the final piece of the High Line is completed in 2016, this eastern path will cut through a high tunnel in the new Coach headquarters across the Tenth Avenue Spur, into a new area of the park that’s still being designed. You will also be able, sometime in the future, to walk north, up those few steps and into a whole new park in the Hudson Yards.
But tomorrow, everyone will walk west into the new High Line at the Rail Yards. As the gorgeous, heart-stopping views of Hudson River draw you westward, don’t forget to look down and observe that Crossroads. It took a long, long time to get here, and it’s still pointing to the future.