An executive in the construction industry, Christopher “Chris” McNally provides construction, pre-closing evaluation, and project quality management services as the president of Falcon Enterprise Associates in New York. Chris McNally maintains an interest in urban spaces and contributes to the High Line, a green space built along an abandoned elevated railway in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The High Line combines wild, natural foliage with original and restored rails to create a scenic environment where members of the public can relax and enjoy breathtaking views. Elevated 30 feet above Manhattan’s West Side, the railway stands as the first public space of its kind in the country and consists of numerous creative features that include children’s exploration areas, public gathering areas, and custom wood furniture. Additionally, the High Line is separated into multiple sections: three completed sections and a small portion still under design.
Originally constructed in the 1930s, the High Line’s railway was left unattended for years after its abandonment and became overrun with rugged trees, wild grasses, and indigenous plants. The state slated the railway for demolition during the Giuliani administration, and in 1999, two area residents established the Friends of the High Line community group to transform the High Line into an elevated park-greenway. The Bloomberg administration backed the project in 2002, and construction to convert the area into a public park began in 2006.