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This is what the park looks like from street level as you walk on the cobblestones of Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District.
Once upon a time, this park was a "spur" of the New York Central Railroad. Freight trains ran on this from 1934 to 1980. Then, for years, it sat there, abandoned. Eventually, CSX Transportation, Inc. donated the abandoned line to the City of New York.
What is the High Line? It is trees, plants, wildflowers, domestic flowers, grasses, food vendors, young people, old people. Four million people a year visit it. It even has a blog. One mile of the 1.45 miles is now open. The park won't be complete until 2014, but there is so much to see now.
If you aren't into plants, look at the public art (more on that in another post). If you aren't into art, look at the signs, and the city scenery around you. No matter how many times you have seen Manhattan (I am a native New Yorker, by the way, and lived there for some 21 years) you haven't seen the biggest city in our country like this.
Come with me on my High Line walk. I'll be posting photos (and details) from time to time in the coming weeks.
What is your favorite public park?