Craving crisp winter air? Craving the vast Manhattan West Side skyline? Craving a blend of turn of the century and modern architecture? Then I know the place for you. The High Line, also know as High Line Park, is an aerial greenway located directly above the New York Central Railroad. In 1999, West Side residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond formed the nonprofit organization, Friends of the High Line. The nonprofit’s mission was to preserve and refurbish the (approximate) mile and a half long railway that sat parallel to the Hudson River. The concept drew inspiration from the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France and it’s aura of rails to trails.
The Highline is home to 210 different plant species, including plants species from the original landscape. Strolling along the curving pebbledash concrete path, I noticed how the planting was embedded in railroad gravel mulch and stretches of track were used from the original railway. Not to mention, there were unique temporary installations and art attractions.
The urban park project began in 2006 and created a positive halo effect for the surrounding community, increasing the price of real estate and community value. The High Line extends from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street and opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. in the winter, 10 p.m. in the spring and fall, and 11 p.m. in the summer.
I love the fast-paced lifestyle of New York, but I’ll never pass up an amazing view! Be sure to check out the High Line.