Back in the day, the High Line was a crucial artery into Manhattan, responsible for keeping the city stocked with all manner of products and supplies. After delivering three boxcars of frozen turkeys in 1980, this venerable railway was abandoned.

Twenty years later, two fellas from the neighborhood started an unlikely movement to transform the High Line into a mile long public park. In 2009, their vision became a reality and has since become a popular attraction for millions of visitors every year. 

London, Chicago and Philadelphia are planning similar restoration projects.