The High Line, was by far, one of the best places I visited on my recent trip to New York. This unusual walkway begins on Gansevoort Street on an abandoned rail track in the Lower West side of Manhattan, and follows the track through Chelsea, ending at 34th Street-Hudson Yards at the River’s edge. It is a 1.45-mile elevated park and greenway which offers scenic views as well as art installations along the way. As I walked along the train track which is embedded in the trail, I acquired a true appreciation for the atmosphere and design of this incredible urban space of tranquility.
The streets of Manhattan can be chaotic, and at times irritating. Everyone is bumping into each other, people knock into you as they dart around on the sidewalks, and most drivers, (especially the cabs), only make rolling stops at corners which sometimes makes it almost impossible to cross the street. It is very hectic and can cause a lot of stress for someone not used to that lifestyle.
The High Line is the antithesis of that. It is elevated above the city and the people that walk through this little oasis are all there for one reason; relaxation. As a matter of fact, its sheer design makes it impossible to hurry through.
I had the luxury of making the walk at sunset, and let me tell you, it was a sight to see. If I had to give one recommendation regarding truly special places to visit in NYC, the High Line is it, especially at sundown.
The design is the most unique aspect of The High Line.
First, the layout of the trail makes it an intriguing and very manageable walk. Not only are there beautifully designed gardens, but there are also a variety of modern art installations, and food stands where I had a delicious ice cream sandwich from Melt Bakery. And, seeing the City from this elevated walkway with an ice cream sandwich was true happiness.
In addition to the gardens and food stands, the trail also has “The Urban Theater” which contains cement benches built within a glass enclosure for strollers to watch the street scene below. Essentially, you are watching a “City Play” in real time as you watch the hustle and bustle of the pedestrians against the traffic of the street. It is a cool place to just take a moment for yourself or enjoy the food you got along the way.
Besides “The Urban Theater,” there are plenty of other places to sit and relax along the trail to either read a book or take in the sites. It is a true place of calm in the middle of a chaotic urban setting.
I hope you have enjoyed my New York Series, and that this bonus post will be helpful to you as you plan your trip. While there, I enjoyed myself and was able to do so many things in a relatively short amount of time. New York is such a unique place I probably could have spent a month there in order to do everything of interest. I cannot wait for future trips to the City so I can mark more activities off of my to-do list.
Thank you for reading!