I have my share of favorite places in the city (this one tops the list) and last week when I needed to get out of my apartment and most importantly out of my own head I visited the High Line and was reminded of why I love this town so much. The High Line is an elevated park on the west side that had been abandoned as a public project for an above-ground train for years (years) until a few years ago it was repurposed as a beautiful public space owned by the city and maintained by Friends of the High Line, the non-profit group that fought tirelessly for its preservation. It is a gem in our city and I love to visit it. I try to go if I have free time during the week because on the weekend it is so crowded that it resembles a cattle call but it is definitely worth a visit. I like to pick a bench and just watch the world go by. You can hear the chaos, hustle and bustle of the city on the streets below and then look up and feel inspired by the evolving skyline and rooftops of New York. I go there when I need a time out and I want to stay close to home. Even though it's a busy place in its own way, visiting the High Line calms me and gives me perspective that I can't really find anywhere else in New York.
|It looks like I have a giant bowling ball hanging from my torso.|
|I love this sculpture next to the graffiti walls of this building. Art is everywhere in this town.|
|Old and New York living side by side.|