Parks in metropolitan dwellings are often thought of as refugees, as islands of rich verdure amid the ocean of concrete.
And that is exactly what happens when you visit the famed High Line of Manhattan. The first thing you feel as you enter is that it’s the sort of thing parks were built to get away from, i.e. a harsh structure of steel that underpins an elevated rail line, 30 ft from the ground. To be honest, it looks more like an abandoned relic than an urban oasis, at least from a distance. It was, in fact, a townified relic until the ‘90s. And the administration was convinced that this remnant of a not-so-urban city either had to be removed or demolished.
And I must say, never have an administration been so wrong.
In a city where good designs are almost always compromised, the High Line is a joyous exception. An unusual affair built on a long, abandoned railway line, a charming combination of natural verdure, restored rails, and areas to relax in the serenity, that is the High Line of Manhattan.
The High Line, a public park built on an elevated train track in NYC and should be on the top of any visitor’s NYC things-to-do list. It is an amazing example of an innovative urban park that has successfully managed to preserve an integral part of New York City’s heritage.
All you have to do is take one of the several buses to New York for a day well spent!
There are certain things you must bear in mind while entering the High Line.
The authorities prohibit:
- Walking on rail tracks and plants
- Picking the vegetation
- Sitting or climbing on railings
- The use of bicycles and skateboards
- Amplified sound, except by permit
- Obstructing entrances or paths
- Drinking alcohol, except in authorized areas
- Dogs, except for service dogs
For any further information, feel free to visit this info page maintained by the Friends of High Line.