The January wind was biting slightly without making it uncomfortable. I felt like I walked all alone in the middle of dense Manhattan, but coming summer I am sure the High Line will be the hottest spot in town.
The High Line was originally built in the 1930´s going through the more industrial areas of the Meat Packing District, Chelsea and Hells Kitchen. Since the 1980´s there has been no trains and the line was left deserted. In the later years a complete demolition was considered, but thanks to the "Friends of the High Line" together with the City of New York they decidedto protect the tracks and instead, brilliantly build a wonderful park, just where the city needs it the
An open competition to develop this park was sent out and the Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the landscape architects James Corner Field Operations got the honor to do so.
The first section from Gansevoort to 20th Street opened last year. Section 2, up to 30th street is planned to open this year.
I might not think it is the most beautiful park during the winter months. But I do look forward to the spring when it will be filled with "Natural" flowers and I can lounge on the movable Sun bed's or simply just go there for people watching. With the Standard Hotel above it and the abundance of great restaurants and shops nearby, you will not find another place that can beat this one.
Read more about the park, or if you live close maybe volunteer?