PM Lee visits model urban park in New York

PM Lee and Mrs Lee at the High Line yesterday. Also present is Emeritus Chair John Alschuler (fifth from right) of Friends of the High Line's board. Friends of the High Line is a non-profit body that operates the park.
PM Lee and Mrs Lee at the High Line yesterday. Also present is Emeritus Chair John Alschuler (fifth from right) of Friends of the High Line's board. Friends of the High Line is a non-profit body that operates the park.ST PHOTO: JEREMY AU YONG

NEW YORK • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the New York High Line yesterday as part of his week-long working visit to the United States.

The High Line - a 2.3km linear park built on a defunct section of a former elevated railway - has parallels to Singapore's own green corridor and has often been cited as a model of innovative urban redevelopment.

During his hour-long visit, Mr Lee was briefed on redevelopment plans in the 11-hectare Hudson Yards, a former railway yard, and the community spaces in the High Line park, which attracts 6.8 million visitors a year.

Singapore's green corridor, which is itself set to be turned into a series of parks, is 10 times longer than the High Line.

As part of his visit, Mr Lee is due to meet US leaders and attend a reception for Singaporeans living in New York.

He will also attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington later this week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2016, with the headline 'PM Lee visits model urban park in New York'. Print Edition | Subscribe