Sunday, August 11, 2013

The High Line Park

An amazing classical cellist performing on the High Line

The High Line Park is one of my favorite places in New York. When it opened in 2009, I still worked on the west side in Manhattan, and our office literally overlooked the first opened section of the High Line above the Chelsea Market. It was amazing to have lunches there, or check out on-going public art installations while having meetings with colleagues. Now that I don't work in Chelsea anymore, The High Line is a "destination", not an every day reality. The trees have grown so much over these past 4 years! And the crowds are getting insane lately, which is not surprising...this once-elevated freight rail road that operated from 1934 to 1980 was turned into an urban oasis of surreal quality. The exquisite harmony of location (have you seen those sunsets over the Hudson?), New York city aerial views, awesome gardening design (plants of this park are local and once grew on the abandoned High Line), constant public art installations and fantastic performers make the High Line as important of a destination as the Times Square for tourists.

The Empire State Building
Frank Gehry's IAC Building


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