In New York City there’s a pretty impressive public use aerial greenway – the ‘High-Line’. It’s constructed on the West Side Line section of the defunct New York Central Railroad and runs 1.45 miles long; Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street. The freight rail line sat vacant after the last train ran in 1980 until 2006 when renovation began. Within that time, wild plants took over and this ‘self-seeded’ landscape was the basis for the High-Line’s horticulture inspiration. Foliage that grew naturally during the 25 years of vacancy was incorporated into the design creating a native and sustainable greenway which offers new colors and textures each season.
My husband and I don’t get to NYC all that often but when we do we try to make the most of being tourists. For us, this usually means a healthy mix of food, beverage and art. The High-Line is not just about the flora, but also heavily focuses on the arts. Installations, exhibitions, performances, commissioned work and billboard interventions are all part of the High-Line experience. We were there on a cold day mid-December and didn’t get to experience any of the exhibitions or performances, but if you’re planning on visiting you can check out what’s going on HERE and HERE and also use THIS for a map of entrances to the park.
We walked only a small section through Chelsea – a teaser – and I’m looking forward to my next New York visit so I can fully enjoy more of what the High-Line has to offer.