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The High Line

- Elise

My oldest brother Vincent had been away for over two years, so when he came back to visit for two weeks in August I was so excited. We planned a day together in New York City. Vincent and I wanted to go to a bunch of art galleries in Chelsea, but unfortunately, all the galleries were closed that day (note to self: check the schedule next time!). But this didn’t faze us. We were determined to have a great day in New York together.

As we were walking around, my brother stopped to look at this tressel-like structure about twenty feet above us running parallel to the street. He told me that it was called the High Line. It had been used as a train track way back when, but it was closed years ago. He then told me that it was mildly illegal to go up there, but that it’s supposedly really cool. Feeling rebellious, we agreed that one day in the future we’d try to get up there to see what it was all about. We then walked another block….and saw a flight of stairs going up and a sign that read, “Welcome to the High Line!” (or something along those lines…no pun intended). Bewildered and confused, we asked a friendly tour guide what this was all about. She told us that the High Line was refurbished into a park this past June (which is why my brother hadn’t known about it; he was away). We were so excited to see it that we took the stairs two-by-two.

At the top, we were surrounded by wild flowers and beautiful views. The old tracks were still there, too. The High Line is basically a walkway running along the street, elevated a few stories up. It had a really cool atmosphere; painters were capturing the views with their brushes, children were laughing and playing, readers were relaxing on lounge chairs.

The High Line is really different and definitely worth checking out. The area alone is charming and interesting. It is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. For more information, visit http://www.thehighline.org/

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