From the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris to Central Park in New York, I love to see city residents enjoying their beautiful parks on the weekends. In New York, there is a new and uniquely shaped park space called the High Line. It is a landscaped elevated walkway on the lower West Side that runs one mile from 14th to 30th Streets at times over Seventh Avenue. I had heard about it from friends and seen photos on Facebook, but I had never experienced it myself until April 21. Since it was a sunny and mild Sunday in early Spring, lots of New Yorkers were out enjoying the fresh air and the chance to walk without having to cross streets every block. Some were even sunning on the benches around 23rd Street.
I thought it was really cool to see the design elements that echo the train track theme, since the High Line was originally an elevated West Side Line of the New York Central Railroad. Look how the landscaping fits in around these stone shapes that resemble railroad ties.
Here you can see the old rail tracks themselves amid the new landscaping as well as the pedestrian bridge that leads to a stairway to the sidewalk. Of course, there are elevators for those who need them.
There are lots of cool urban views to see from the High Line, so you may want to bring your camera. I saw many others toting DSLRs. Don’t bring your dog, skateboard, bike or boom box — all of which are prohibited. Check this blog again next week for more photos from the High Line.