Throughout New York city there is an ongoing and wide scale land use (should read – land re-use) beautification project. The goal is to develop neglected and blighted properties into green-space and parks. The High Line in Manhattan is one such project and the final section was completed last year. The park runs along the Lower West Side of Manhattan for about a mile and a quarter.
My first visit to the High Line was February 13th. the weather was exceptionally cold (8 degrees Fahrenheit = -13 Centigrade) with a stiff wind gusting to 40 MPH. Wind-chill factors in this range are not to be taken frivolously. I followed most of this elevated walking trail and snapped a few pics in the icy wind. The day was actually quite lovely. The sun was shining brightly and I really do enjoy winter sun. I don’t care so much about the cold, if I am dressed for it, and I was. I had come to the city to pick-up my visa for travel to China and thought I would take a quick hike along this newly re-purposed urban space….but it was too bloody cold to hang out very long! In fact, the far west end of the walkway up to 30th St. was closed because of all the ice build up blowing in from the Hudson River.
This past Wednesday, I returned to get a second look. Autumn is my favorite time of year, here in the Northeast. The weather was spectacular!
I should also return in summertime do an evening walk and catch the sunset over the Hudson.
Here is a link for a map of the route.
More info from Friends of the High Line.
The park was quite busy with tourists on this gorgeous afternoon. It was clear to me that the renewed High Line has become an attraction for visitors and If you go I recommend that you take the walk. You won’t be disappointed.