New York’s High Line urban sanctuary

High Line quickly won me over within the first 100 feet I walked.  The High Line is an old above-ground freight track turned green space.   The group who planned and executed the project did an awesome job.

“The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.” – from the website.

I approached it on the north end of the line, purposely.  I read that there’s this place called The Lot, and there was going to tango dancing!

There were a couple mobile food trucks and a pretty long bar, pairing with plenty of seating.  Nice.

food and sitting benches

And the tango… It was actually pretty casual.  It looked like dancers just came out and had a good time.

tango session

This is the end of the track that wasn’t converted into green space for humans.

new York city

The middle of the old track has been paved over for pedestrian use, but the sides are still peppered with all kinds of green.

new york city urban project

There were plenty of great places to take pictures.  I found myself snapping away a lot.

New York City urban planning

There were also lots of cool art objects.  Check out this wire sculpture… there’s even an apple on it!


could it be a bird feeder?


Doesn’t the city look so far away when you’re standing in the middle of High Line, an urban oasis?  It made me feel that I was floating above the city.  sweet!


Here is a front seat view to the city life below.

and if you’re in the mood for some exercise, there’s a drill sergeant.


or if you just want to read.


and there’s always time to pretend you’re hanging by the pool and soaking up some  vitamin D.

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