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Checking Out The High Line

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Given the opportunity to work in "The Big Apple" with Martha Stewart Living Radio this summer, I was excited to visit some of the city’s most renowned parks and green spaces. One of its most unusual and beautiful parks is in Chelsea—and located 30 feet in the air.

A unique local delight, the High Line has quickly become an innovative contemporary New York City outdoor destination. Opening in 2009, the High Line, which runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenue, exists as a public park built on a historic raised freight train line on the west side on Manhattan.

The original High Line train route was built in the 1930s to help decrease the traffic and danger associated with working street-level freight trains. In recent years, ‘Friends of the High Line’ raised funds to build the park, filling it with green spaces, flower patches, and public art.  There is plenty to see on a walk along the High Line, including an amazing view of the Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

In addition to enjoying the gardens and views the High Line has to offer, this year food and dessert trucks were added to the park. It is also a favorite meeting spot of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, which gathers at the Line for stargazing each Tuesday night, using high-powered telescopes.

To find elevator and stair High Line access points, check out their map.

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A pathway along the High Line.

1 A pathway along the High Line.

High Line green space.

2 High Line green space.

West 23rd Street view from the High Line.

3 West 23rd Street view from the High Line.

A map of the lower end of the High Line.

4 A map of the lower end of the High Line.

The Chelsea Thicket on The High Line.

5 The Chelsea Thicket on The High Line.

Maeve, a gardener at the High Line, waters various grasses.

6 Maeve, a gardener at the High Line, waters various grasses.

Wildflower path along the High Line.

7 Wildflower path along the High Line.

A public art installation by Kobra seen from the High Line.

8 A public art installation by Kobra seen from the High Line.

26th Street viewing spur from the High Line.

9 26th Street viewing spur from the High Line.

Mural along the High Line by JR

10 Mural along the High Line by JR

A view of uptown from the High Line.

11 A view of uptown from the High Line.

30th-34th Streets future construction of the High Line.

12 30th-34th Streets future construction of the High Line.

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