The High Line, New York City, USA

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The High Line is a great example of turning a what could have been an abandon and forgotten waste of space into a refreshing urban oasis.

Running from Gansevoort Street in Meatpacking District, over Chelsea onward to 34th Street, the High Line is a stretch of 2.33km long linear park built in an elevated section of the old New York Central Railroad.
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Inspired by a similar project in Paris, New York’s The High Line is a great addition to the long list of things that makes the city worth exploring and hopefully, it will be an inspiration to other cities around the world to follow suit.

It is a joy to walk the High Line, with the same relaxing experience of the usual stroll in the park and with the benefit of elevation allowing visitors to see those famous New York brownstone apartments up-close and the wide parallel runs of city roads shared by cyclist, pedestrians and yellow cabs, which is best viewed at the High Line section called the Urban Theater.
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A landscape of murals, street arts and greeneries, the real genius of the High Line construction solely attributed to the creative way of how the grasses, trees and shrubs are planted and sustained.

The marks of the old rail tracks covered by plants, an indication that something new and lively can come up from what might be initially thought as useless and old.
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There are many ways to access the High Line but I believe it is best to start at Gansevoort Street with a combined visit to The Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Apart from the great collection, the museum outdoor terraces provides overlooking view of the Hudson River, The High Line passing under The Standard Hotel and the Gansevoort Market Historic District.
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I actually visited the High Line after walking around the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and Meatpacking District. My knowledge to both neighborhood is definitely limited to the movies I’ve seen, and with no plans or intentions of seeing anything in particular except the Washington Square Park, I possibly walked the same West Village street all over again.
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The Village is indeed a charming neighborhood of brownstone apartments and cobbled tree-line streets, an over-all relaxing vibe that somehow met up the hype and expectations.
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3 thoughts on “The High Line, New York City, USA

  1. I like going up there near sunset cause I can get some nice line trail photos of the roads below me. I just wish there was more out that way.

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