Friday, April 16, 2010

High On Life

Sometimes New York really gets it right.

Case in point: The High Line

When an abandoned 1930s elevated steel rail track was set to be demolished, a group of supporters convinced the city to turn it into a public park. 

It is a peaceful escape just 30 feet above the jam-packed city streets. Who would guess that atop this:
is this:

With the gorgeous weather, I've made it my mission to take a few escapes "up high" and was completely impressed each time at the amount of seating spots to eat lunch, read, take in some sun, or contemplate life, the quiet and calm, and the happy people enjoying all of these things.

The landscaping is cohesive to the plants that had naturally overtaken the rails pre-park and the architecture flawlessly grows out of the single strip of track.

There are unexpected iconic city views around every corner. I even spotted Lady Liberty casting a shadow on the sunset.
Image via HERE (my phone camera had died by sunset)

A wonderful park to be enjoyed by all.

2 comments :

  1. Makes sense to go up when you can't spread out. We've got an old train track about which ideas have been floated for new uses now that the trains don't run on it anymore. I think the final decision was to turn it into a jogging/biking trail. That's probably better than just tearing up the tracks and letting the area go back to weeds. A park would be nicer, though.

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  2. I think this park was mentioned by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show last night. Now you probably won't be able to get near it!

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