From the NY Post:
Open less than two months, the High Line already has its hand out.
Facing crowds that are much larger than expected and with the recession putting a crimp in fund-raising, the High Line's founders are proposing a business improvement district that would tax nearby property owners.
"We want to make sure we can keep maintaining the High Line to this level that has worked so well," said Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond. "We've been talking about it for a while, but now it's becoming more of a necessity."
Hammond said that weekend crowds have averaged 20,000 visitors a day, while weekdays typically draw between 6,000 and 10,000 visitors -- about four times as many as predicted before the park's opening on June 9.
With the added crowds have come higher maintenance costs, Hammond said.