Supreme Court won't hear property dispute over Manhattan rails-to-trails park


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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from New York property owners who say the federal government should compensate them for land converted to Manhattan's High Line Park.

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said owners of land around the unused freight rail line gave up their right to sue when they signed a deal with New York City officials to develop the park.

The property owners claimed the federal government was not a party to their agreement with the city. They're seeking compensation for giving up development rights to valuable land surrounding the 1 ½ mile long park on the city's West Side.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled the agreement specifically prevented lawsuits against the United States.

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