Thursday, July 10, 2014

New York City: The "High Line" - Impressions From A Nightly Walk

(Drivebycuriosity) - New York City is full of awesome places. One of my favorites is the "High Line". This is an an aerial greenway, length around 1 mile (1.6 km), which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan on an elevated former New York Central Railroad spur (wikipedia).

Last sunday my wife and I had walk there - short before closing time (11 pm). It was a hot summer night which attracted a lot of other strollers. The path was girded by illuminated trees, bushes and flowers. Sometime the lush plants build a green roof and created the illusion of being in a rain forrest.

A fascinating look creates the bluish illuminated Chelsea Market Passage. There the former train track cut once through the former National Biscuit Company factory complex. Now the building is home to the Chelsea Market, which hosts an urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility.

We also enjoyed the interesting architecture along the High Line. The construction of the park, which is now a magnet for New Yorkers and tourists, attracted a lot of money and is still shaping the neighborhood. There are many classy and stylish buildings left and right of the Line, including the IAC head quarter designed by star architect Frank Gehry (nymag).

It also was fun to take a look on the nightly neighbourhood, Manhattan´s classy Meatpacking district. In the far distance greeted the blue-and-red illuminated Empire State Building, apparently  celebrating Independence Day.

A walk on the "High Line" is highly recommended.

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