Walking the (high) line

Copyright: Louise Ralph

If you don’t get to see all the sites in New York City, make sure you visit the High Line.

Copyright: Louise RalphAbandoned and overgrown, this elevated freight line was earmarked for demolition. Instead, it has been transformed into an incredible public space – a testament to the persistence of locals who resolved to make it into an urban oasis.

The Friends of the High Line raise private funding to maintain and operate the park, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan and has brought new life (and a real estate boom) to neighbourhoods along the line.

The design elements of the High Line ‘park in the sky’ reflect its railway heritage – and the landscaping is delightful, incorporating plant species that once grew in the area.

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From here, you’ll have a unique perspective of the city streets and see some amazing buildings and wall art along the way. I could bang on about it all day, it’s so impressive, but I think these pics will tell the story…

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A different perspective…from the High Line


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In Common Crossings (2014), Marianne Vitale uses decommissioned railway components to evoke the park’s history and the westward expansion and industrialization of America.

Spring is here and The Standard Biergarten becomes an outdoor cafe again...

Spring is here and The Standard Biergarten becomes an outdoor cafe again…

The High Line ends in the Meatpacking district – now a fashonista’s paradise. It’s a great place to eat, shop or just hang out (did someone say take the weight off your feet and have a vino?).

We stopped for lunch at The Standard Biergarten which sits under the canopy of the High Line.

In winter, the bar and pizza oven are dismantled and the space is transformed into an iceskating rink, complete with a doughnut and hot chocolate shack.

The High Line definitely goes to the top of my NYC-wow list… Simply brilliant.

Copyright: Louise Ralph

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4 responses to “Walking the (high) line

  • Am I Thirty?

    I love the High Line. It’s one of my favorite places in the city! Great pics!

    • dragonfly ink

      Thanks! Even with all the tourists (um, like me) it feels oddly calm. Maybe because it’s above street level… great place, love it.

  • erinklema

    The High Line has been on my bucket list for a while now. Next trip to NYC, I’m adding it to — and keeping it on — my itinerary! Beautiful photos, too!

    • dragonfly ink

      You will love it erinklematravels! Thanks re photos – hard to get them wrong there. It’s beautiful, especially in spring!

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