If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you’ve probably noticed that I have a slight obsession with the High Line in New York City. The High Line is an old, elevated freight rail line that runs for about a mile down Manhattan’s West Side. It has been remodeled into a “park in the sky”. The first section opened in 2009 and the third section is scheduled to open in 2014.
The High Line is one of my top 3 favorite places to visit in New York City along with Top of the Rock and Central Park. Since I enjoy spending so much time there, I wanted to give back a little. Last week, I decided to become a member of Friends of the High Line. Membership fees go directly toward making sure the High Line runs smoothly and stays gorgeous. I love that I’m now a part of something I love so much in the city!
I first discovered the High Line through a friend last September, and I’ve probably visited it 94% of the times I’ve traveled into the city. How I see it – if I’m going to be walking up and down Manhattan anyway then I might as well walk along the High Line, right? I love it because it incorporates nature and art with spectacular views of the city’s skyscrapers. In addition, it is elevated, so while I can still hear the lovely sounds of New York City, I won’t be distracted by the taxis, dogs, and cyclists as I would be if I were walking along the streets. Visitors can stroll casually in peace!
Similar versions of the High Line are popping up all over the place (It wasn’t the first renovated urban park, but I’m not sure what was.)! I love that cities around the world are taking rundown, historic places and turning them into beautiful, green hot spots (without losing their history, of course). For example, Paris, France has the Halle Pajol – an old railway maintenance shed that has been converted into an indoor garden. Chicago, IL has plans to renovate Navy Pier into a waterfront park by Summer 2015. My second favorite is, of course, Atlanta’s Beltline. It is very similar to the High Line in that they converted an old rail corridor into a beautiful trail. I was lucky enough to have been able to visit it earlier this month. Even though the newly planted trees and flowers are still growing, many Atlanta residents are already taking full advantage of the Beltline. I can’t wait to go back next spring and see it in all its green glory!
I think I remember coming across a book about similar parks around the world while I was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’d love to get my hands on that book if I can find it again. Is there a version of the High Line in your city? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,