The High Line
This is an amazing idea, old railway tracks turned into a green park. A quick brief history rundown, the railways were built between 1929 and 1934 as a solution to eliminating rail traffic along the city streets on Manhattan’s West Side by introducing a new elevated railway -now called the High Line- The railway gave efficient access to upper floor loading docks of warehouses, factories and storage facilities. Also once called the “Life line of New York” because it was carrying so many freight trains filled with dairy, fresh produce and meat. The last train rode the track in 1980.
After years of abandonment nature began to take its course filling the railways with grass and wildlife. Demolition talk was in the works until a non-profit group lead by Mayor Bloomberg and New York Citys council decided to turn it into a open pubic park.
The Sky Line is great for photographers as you get the wonderful natural beauty of some thing old and historic with a unique modern twist of the ever growing urban gardens here in NYC. I would suggest going during sunset or sunrise, the sun will reflect luminous light off of the surrounding buildings and give the Hudson a gorgeous glow. The park allows you to sit and reflect on the busy city that never sleeps without getting hit by a car. Theres places to sit and relax as well as food and drink vendors all up and down the board walk and did I mention theres some amazing street performers as well.
If you decide to go visit the futuristic well designed park it is located between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the South and North and 10th and 12th Avenues to the East and the West section,it extends one mile beyond the northern terminus of the park at West 30th Street.
There are several entrances and exits along the board walk, so skip the busy streets when getting around Chelsea and enjoy a more relaxing walk down 10th avenue by taking the High Line.
Enjoy my pictures!