Yesterday, I made my obligatory visit to the High Line. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the High Line, it is an old railroad track above ground that for many decades brought goods into the city and to the warehouses on the west side of Manhattan. After years of being out of use, it was on the brink of falling apart when someone came up with the brilliant idea of turning the rail into a park. It is one of my favorite places in the city and I try to spend some time there every time I’m here. There are a lot of grass plants up there, which in certain seasons makes it smell like you’re in the middle of a field. Being a bit above ground also gives a new perspective of New York. One thing had changed though since the last time I was there: The High Line used to be liberatingly free from commerce and in particular food vendors, which otherwise seem to be an indispensable part of any public space here. Until now, there used to be just one small cart selling gelato and brewed coffee. Being the U.S., I knew of course that it was only a matter of time before this changed, and this time, there was a whole area with food service carts and even a bar. Snacking is apparently a must for any complete experience, including enjoying plants and an urban view. Anyway, the High Line was wonderful as always!
Camilla and I on the High Line. I like it so much that I even joined its support organization, Friends of the High Lane, a while back. Don’t forget to go there if you’re in New York!