New York might be the city that never sleeps, but I can tell you now, there are very few people around at 6am on a warm Sunday morning in August!
We arrived on a balmy Saturday night after travelling for just shy of 24 hours. A quick shower to refresh and we hustled out for our first meal in NYC – yep, we went for a burger (and FYI, one of the best I’ve ever eaten) at a hopping little burger bar a short walk from our apartment. While we desperately wanted to explore, our bodies were screaming for sleep, so we were tucked into bed by a fairly respectable 11pm.
Needless to say, come 4am I was WIDE AWAKE. By 5.30am we gave in to our jet lag and went for a walk to explore The High Line, conveniently located a couple of blocks away.
The High Line is without a doubt my favourite public space in New York and I don’t think there are enough words to tell you how much I was looking forward to going there. It’s a space that has excited me ever since I first heard of its creation almost ten years ago.
It’s a little oasis of peace well above the craziness that big cities thrive on. While we barely shared the space with another soul on our first visit, our second was much more bustling. Despite this, and the sounds of a much more awake and alive city that drifted up, I still felt peace and calm.
Built on a disused, historic freight rail line, it is elevated above Manhattan’s West Side streets. It is 1 mile long on a 1.45 mile section of elevation, running from Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District (which ALWAYS makes me think of Samantha in Sex in the City) through to 34th St. It’s the quickest way to walk a mile in NYC as there are no traffic lights!
The High Line is filled with beautiful artworks, and these change regularly. Busted was on display when we were there, featuring ten artists.
This artwork was possibly my favourite – Broken Bridge II. My photos definitely do not do it justice, as it took up the whole side of a very large building.
We walked The High Line twice during our week in New York. It was both our first and last touristy thing to do. Please make sure you check it out if you visit NYC.
The High Line
Many access points via Gansevoorte St to West 30th St, Manhattan (some with elevators)
Open daily, opening hours vary (check website)
Fully wheelchair accessible
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