New York City's High Line

New York City’s High Line

On my first visit to NYC, one of the highlights was walking the High Line.  On this visit, I spent time on the High Line on three of my six days of exploring the city.  I love this park, reclaimed from a defunct elevated rail line in the Meatpacking District, for its interesting combination of nature, botany, people watching, and art.  I walked parts of the High Line in the early morning, on a rainy day, and on a warm fall day.  Sunny, warm weather brings people out in droves.

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Human Statue, Jessie by Frank Benson

Human Statue, Jessie by Frank Benson

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Walking the High Line

Walking the High Line

One of the top highlights of my first trip to New York City was walking the High Line, an elevated park built on an old railway.  It’s currently about 1.45 miles in length.  We walked the entire line, from the southern entrance in the Meatpacking District to its current terminus on 34th Street.  I wish I could return in each of the four seasons because as lovely as the park is in the cold of January, it must be even more vibrant in spring, summer, and fall.

History of the High Line

History of the High Line

Let me take you on a virtual tour.

Steps up to the park from Gansevoort -- a study in grays

Steps up to the park from Gansevoort — a study in grays

Protecting a piece of art from the winter chill!

Protecting a piece of art from the winter chill!

The High Line is dotted with many benches and plantings

The High Line is dotted with many benches and plantings

Diane Von Furstenberg building next to the High Line

Diane Von Furstenberg building next to the High Line

Sun deck

Sun deck

700 panes of colored glass -- art installation called The River that Flows Both Ways by Spencer Finch

700 panes of colored glass — art installation called The River that Flows Both Ways by Spencer Finch

Huge glass window over a busy NYC street

Huge glass window over a busy NYC street

First view of IAC Headquarters building designed by Frank Gehry

First view of IAC Headquarters building designed by Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry's IAC Building along High Line

Frank Gehry’s IAC Building along High Line

Lights glow in the windows

Lights glow in the windows

Art installation called Broken Bridge II by El Anatsui

Art installation called Broken Bridge II by El Anatsui

Wall art viewed from the High Line

Wall art viewed from the High Line

Window overlooking the High Line

Window overlooking the High Line

Nearby wall art seen from High Line

Nearby wall art seen from High Line

Benches with lighting near 34th St on the High Line

Benches with lighting near 34th St on the High Line

And here are some of the plants, trees, and flowers along the High Line in winter:

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Jelena witch hazel

Jelena witch hazel

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