"The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York.I think it's a brilliant idea and it's beautifully executed. Since we were in the midst of Winter while in NYC nothing was blooming but it was still a nice stroll with great views of the city.
When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park."
Where we entered - street level access every couple of blocks
I bet this is absolutely gorgeous in Spring!
The view from the top
The old tracks
An interesting little seating area over looking the street below
Here's where it currently ends
So if you're going to visit the Big Apple, I highly suggest checking out the High Line. Oh! and grab a bite at Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel before hand - it's just a 2 block walk from the Jane to the start of the park. PERFECTION! (Thanks to a recommendation from Friend AM)