The High Line: A Different Way to See NYC

What’s great about New York City’s High Line is what it doesn’t have. There are no concessions selling souvenirs or hotdogs. The mile-long pedestrian walkway brings people to an area of the city they’d normally ignore. The former rail road tracks were raised 30 feet above ground in 1930 to make the streets safer. Last  used by trains in 1980, it’s now a public park.  Running from  Gansevoort Street in the West Village- a former meat packing district now sprinkled with art galleries – to West 30th Street, the park includes local vegetation, benches, overlooks on  both sides offering views west to the Hudson River and east to Manhattan,  and a different way to experience an urban park and the city.

The freak snowstorm left us powerless; we spent a night in NYC. Here’s some photos. 


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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9 Responses to The High Line: A Different Way to See NYC

  1. Maggie L R says:

    I have seen and heard of many rail lines turned to walking trails, but I had no idea one existed in New York City.


  2. Nathan says:

    Karen and I walked the Highline about a month ago, it’s definitely one of NYC’s more interesting parks. I know they also have regular concerts and play performances there during the summer.


  3. Leah says:

    Thanks for this glimpse into NYC! I always enjoy photos of other parts of the country I rarely get to!


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  5. rfljenksy says:

    Saw it for the first time recently.. and LOVE New York..


  6. Colline says:

    Your shots have captured exactly what I think of when I hear the word “city”.


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