High in Manhattan: New York's Newest Urban Park
Story and photos by Nif Leder; bench overlooking 10th Ave and 17th St facing north.
Pay a visit to the newest park in town. Along the lines that freight trains once traced above 10th Avenue now lie blooms, benches and a place better known as The High Line, Manhattan's newest urban oasis. This unique park allows for unobstructed views of the city at three stories above street level, customizable seating arrangements, and even a spot to wade barefoot on your break.
Part one of this planned three-part construction project is now open for your viewing pleasure. Locals are flocking here, but hurry before it finds itself on all the tourist maps. The first section runs along the gay-friendliest neighborhoods of the borough. From The West Village at Washington and Gansevoort St (where it is suggested to enter to get the full south to north experience), to Chelsea at 20th and Tenth Ave. All this in time for New York Gay Pride on June 28. (Left: two of he many colorful flowers and plants along the High Line's path. Ecological tours starting soon. Check their website.)
(Enjoy amphitheater seating above 10th Ave and watch cars zoom out from beneath your feet.)
Open from 7AM to 10PM, you can have your morning cup of coffee here, enjoy an elevated lunch, or unwind here in the evening to catch a great view of the sunset over the Hudson. Don’t try to hop the fence and come in after dark, because cameras have been installed all over to ensure the protection of the West Side’s newest addition. There's an elevator entrance at 16th and 10th Avenue. (Right: this sign serves to protect the fledgling flora.)
On July 12 look out for a free street fair to mark the 75th anniversary of the High Line. This shindig will feature everything from swing and salsa bands to inflatable sculptures. Enjoy our pictorial presentation but by all means plan a visit soon.
(A man walks under the passage through the Chelsea Market. The first of many public art displays serves as the background, “The River That Flows Both Ways” by Spencer Finch. Go see it up close to check out his 700 stained glass tiles that color map the Hudson River.)