When we first moved to Chelsea in 2005 there was talk about building a park in the sky – The High Line. It was a far-flung idea, and rumors suggested that the park would never happen. We crossed our fingers and waited.
The original High Line was an above-ground train track built in the early 1900s and used to shuttle milk, meat, produce and other provisions along the west side of Manhattan.
Abandoned since the 1980s and facing demolition, a group of high profile celebrities and architects rallied around the plan to create a park in its place.
In 2006, that plan became a reality and construction of The High Line Park began. After hearing about it for years, it was a joy to finally see the park open in June, 2009.
Today it’s one of my favorite parks in all of Manhattan. Lucky for us, it’s a few short blocks away from our apartment.
In the summers it’s packed with a mix of locals and tourists, but winter also has its charms. While the flowers aren’t yet in bloom, the raised elevation gives you a different perspective on the buildings below. The clouds seem more vivid, the Hudson a deeper shade of blue.
It’s a great spot for a stroll, a picnic, or as Lauren and I like to do: sketch the buildings and sights below.
And that’s the face you get when you’ve taken too many pictures.
I enjoyed your photos especially that last one heheh!
Have a tanfastic week 😉
Thanks Steve! I seem to get the last one a lot these days…
You take beautiful photos! Looks like a special park – cool
Thanks ML! Such a great park, Mikey would love it, such fun for the kiddos…
I liked all the photos, but my favorite is the ice/snow block foot stand. You must of gotten a lot of snow
I know, it’s slowly melting, but there was so much, the foot stand was pretty awesome 😉
These are wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.
Hahaha! I know that face! My stepson stays with us in the Summer, so we naturally are taking pictures of him like crazy to capture the moments. By the end of his eight weeks with us, he definitely is making that face every time we bring the camera on him. 🙂
My kids all like to make that face, then I see other people taking lovely pictures of their kids at rest, gazing off into the distance with catchlights in their eyes…I can’t get those shots, ever 🙁
It looks like you had a lot of fun! Enjoy your Wednesday.
I’ve been to Chelsea once. It’s got a lot of history to it.
love the pictures!! the perspective is great 🙂
Thanks so much 🙂
Great photos, especially the last one!
Thank you Erika!
Great photos of a great city.