The High Line,
New York City, NY
One of my favorite places on the entire road trip was the High Line in New York City. An elevated tract of land, the High Line is a beautiful example of utilizing urban spaces in a creative and beneficial manner. The High Line was originally built in the 1930s as a way to elevate freight traffic above street level, where there were numerous accidents involving trains and vehicles/pedestrians. Trains began traveling on the High Line in the 1930s, but by the 1950s, interstates began to pop up, meaning more trucks to carry goods instead of rail.
Fast forward to the late 1990s, residents and folks wanted to revive the High Line and bring it back to life. And finally, in early 2009, the first section of the park opened. Subsequent sections have opened with more scheduled in the future. The park currently covers 1.45 miles of track.
I love landscaping and gardening, so seeing the High Line was quite a treat. There are many varieties of flowers, grasses, and plant life to be found. And throughout the walk, you can stroll and enjoy the beautifully designed pathways. There must be a lot of care that goes into maintaining these plants. We went to the High Line in the early evening, and the taller buildings around us helped provide much-needed shade. There are water fountains throughout the park, and a unique water feature that has water trickling past your toes to keep you cool.
The High Line provides a unique perspective of New York City. Seeing the buildings and streets from 30 feet in the air is amazing. There are plenty of benches and green space for you to stop and people-watch or just to relax. Hungry? There are food vendors on the High Line as well.
I’m so glad I got to visit the High Line. It was much needed chill time to leisurely take in the city after walking and subway-ing 90 degrees. If you’re in New York City, you have to make a stop here!