The High Line

On my last morning in the Big Apple, I felt a need to go for a long walk, see a side to the city that is not as familiar to me.

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The High Line is an elevated public park, constructed on a historic freight rail line, on the West Side of the city.

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There are steps at various points, leading up to it.

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It seemed like many netizens also had the same idea.  The day was glorious- clear blue skies, warm.  The High Line was actually, crowded.

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I ended up walking from 28th Street southwards, to the very end, at Gansevoort Street.  I love how such a simple idea- a rail line, has been re-imagined and repurposed for community enjoyment, imagination and play.

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There’s a sense of relief from concrete and asphalt offered by the fauna.

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And yet the very urban nature of the park, is not hushed up.  Instead, one is almost asked to re-consider beauty and rest, within all that is industrial and man-made.

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It’s a wonderful way to experience New York.

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There is no escaping the relentless rows and rows of buildings that define this city.  Walking through the High Line, one encounters architecture as immediate, and pulsating.

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Street art, sculpture add to the experience.

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I think New York is a city that assaults; either you love it, or you are repelled.  It’s a city that forces you to not sit on the fence.

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Sunday strolling through the High Line with the experience of architecture as enveloping and alive, reminded me of a Norman Foster quote- Architecture is an expression of values… It’s this sense of potential, purpose and possibility in human nature, that really makes New York so unique.

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It’s a city for energetic dreamers with no time to waste.

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From my own experience, it truly is as the song says-

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If I can make it there, I’ll make it, anywhere.

  •  The High Line- Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.  (Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed.)

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