The High Line is one of my favorite spots in New York City. This exceptionally unique park, built on elevated train tracks high above the city streets, is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and see the wonderful city surrounding it from a different perspective.
Rails to Trails
The elevated train tracks running through Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and Chelsea were left disused for decades, until a denizen of the neighborhood began to make his dream come true. The unnecessary rails were finally repurposed into urban trails after 30 years of futility in 2009, with further sections opening in 2011 and 2014 and even more planned for the near future.
The aerial park has visibly invigorated the neighborhood, bringing with it a flurry of new visitors and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. The High Line itself often functions as a stage for various events. It also sends a beautiful message of rebuilding instead of demolishing, a message of hope and happiness, of human determination. Now there is a park where no park should be, and it’s wonderful.