Andrea F

Day 19: The High Line

In NYC, NYC for free, NYC Parks, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on June 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm


The votes are in! The coolest new place to take a walk in New York City is The High Line, the west side’s former raised railroad tracks, now public park stretching from Gansevoort Street to West 20th between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Built in the 1930s as a method for transporting freight above ground and out of the way of pedestrian traffic below, the High Line was in danger of demolition following the last train run in 1980. Thanks to the non-profit organization Friends of the High Line and the City of New York, the structure was saved, and just over a week ago, after years of planning and construction, the ribbon was cut and the park opened to the public. A paved pathway with benches and lounge chairs runs between planted beds of grass and wildflowers that grow up along remains of historic railroad tracks. It’s a unique feeling to walk 30 feet above traffic, on a level with third floor windows of buildings nearby. Some views of the streets below look more like movie sets than real life. It’s been a long time coming but certainly well worth the wait. A walk on the High Line is not your everyday walk in the park.



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