The High Line
Location: New York City (10th Avenue between 8th & 30th Streets)
When to visit: Hours are 7 am to 11 pm
Time needed to enjoy: 15-30 minutes
My new favorite place in New York City is the High Line, a neighborhood park that sits on an abandoned elevated rail track on the west side of Manhattan.
The tracks were last used in 1980, but it took until 2009 before it was finally turned into a green space for the public. Now, it’s a funky park perfect for people watching and getting a taste of nature in one of the biggest urban landscapes in the world.
One of my favorite parts is the collection of movable wooden benches which roll along the old train tracks.
Dogs are not allowed on the High Line. Bummer for dog owners, but I can understand why – the park is narrow and can get crowded enough already.
Part of the line runs directly over 10th Avenue, and they’ve conveniently built in a viewing deck and bleachers to allow visitors to sit and watch the action below.
It’s funny how the track abruptly ends by going right into a building.