Monday, October 24, 2011

The High Line NYC

What a magnificent example of city green space. In the 30's, the original "high line" was an elevated track from which dangerous freight trains would be lifted off Manhattan streets. The abandoned area has now been regenerated, by some very clever folk, into a stretch of tranquility along the western Manhattan edge - in the Meatpacking/Chelsea/Hell's kitchen zone.   It is one of the few places in frenzied NYC that one can feel a sense of calm.  

It is a lovely walk that ends all too soon but there are plenty of areas to stop off and take in the view or people watch if that's your thing, sip on coffee or slurp an ice-cream - all of which are provided with as much panache as the rest of the set up.  The design and landscaping is incredible  -it was truly wonderful to see such considered and stylish reuse of an area that was due to be torn down.   I think there are a few councils who could do with an excursion to The High Line. 

If you are in Manhattan  - don't miss this. There are several entrances to the high line along the way (some have elevators if you can't make the stairs) - one of them beside the Chelsea Market  - so stop there for picnic supplies if you have some time spend enjoying the space. 
Do it! 
Oh and from a certain point you can even see the statue of Liberty - if you squint...

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