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The High Life in Photos – on the High Line in New York City

The original tracks are seen along the High Line.

I heard about the High Line when it first opened in 2009 and I was fascinated. How could they possibly run an elevated park 1.45 mile long through Manhattan?

Three trips to New York City later and I finally made it to this unusual urban escape in one of the busiest cities in the world.

The High Line park is built on a rail structure running from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side. It was originally a freight line, started in 1934 for the industrial west side of the city. I entered the park at the 14th street entrance and walked to 34th street.

From wild indigenous plants to birds, murals and musicians, vistas and victuals, the High Line offers a wonderful, free New York City experience.

When in New York I stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan. My thanks to them for supporting me with accommodation and especially for their warm cookie on check-in. What a treat!

Enjoying the sun on the High Line in New York City.

Musician on the High Line (and yes, I mad a contribution to his trumpet case).

There are cafes and small restaurants for lunch or a snack.

Seating to watch what the world is doing at ground level.

Mural by French artist JR. This is part of his “Inside Out Project”. Read more at

A man-made stream is one of the High Line’s features.

The design of everything from the benches to the gardens is integrated and organic.

Wild flowers and indigenous plants everywhere.

Can you see it? There were many birds in the high grasses on the High Line.

And, of course, New York City cityscapes in every direction.


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