I love to walk the streets of New York City. Daaahling, I love you but give me Fifth Avenue. (Anybody else remember that old line? Old “Green Acres” song.)
Now I have a new favorite. The High Line. A public park on Manhattan’s Lower West Side, the park resurrects the old elevated train lines into a park filled with greenery, art and, from the looks of it, happy people.
New Yorkers did almost all of the work that
turned an out of date train track into a walking path high above the traffic, trash and busy-ness of Manhattan.
Now open for about eight years, the 1.45 mile long park is a place I want to visit again and again. There are places to sit, reminders of the old tracks, art to capture your attention, greenery to help you forget you’re in a gigantic city. Of course, there’s a little souvenir kiosk at the southern end as well as at 14th and 30th Streets.
While I was near the southern end at Gansevoort Street, I found myself looking out over the Hudson River to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and beyond them, New Jersey. Water views will distract me every time. It was a nice way to end the southerly walk. Time then to turn around. Had to go back where we started. Nice.
Ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman
I want to go there! Did not exist when I was young and crazy and single in New York!
Sure is a welcome addition to this great city!
I love the High Line! Such a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city 🙂
I agree! Far different from a stroll through Central Park but such a wonderful way to get away.
Oh yes this is new since we last visited NYC….hmmm some time back.
Always in the vicinity but never into the city…Next time yes we will see it too!
Puts New York in a whole new perspective.