the. high. line.

As promised, I've divided up my NYC trip into several recap posts (ICYMI: Check out my first installment here).  Today, I thought that I would share highlights from walking the High Line, an outdoor park that rises 30-feet above the streets.  If you've never visited the High Line before then I'd highly recommend it.  Pick a sunny day and head out before the pathway becomes inundated with too many tourists.  Tip:  Start from the northern most entrance (but avoid the entrance that's currently under construction!) and walk your way down to the southern end at Gansevoort Park (aka the Meatpacking District).  From my experience of trekking out on a Saturday morning, it's super refreshing being able to leisurely stroll along the High Line without crowds.  It also worked out perfectly, because I was able to finish my walk at the Whitney, which was already on my itinerary for the day anyway.

Instead of uploading all of my photos to this post, I put together a Steller story that highlights many of my favorite snapshots and video clips from the day.  While I think that I was fairly successful at capturing my High Line experience, there are a few things missing.  Notably, People's Pops, which I will talk more about in a later post consisting of all my dining + shopping recommendations.  Let's just say that no trip to the High Line (or NYC for that matter) is complete without a stop at People's Pops.  I got a shaved ice in the flavor Lime Thyme at the end of the High Line and came back for one more after leaving the Whitney. Yum!

Besides the beautiful gardens and natural landscape, the High Line is also known for the art community that it fosters through billboard commissions, murals and site-specific installations.  Speaking of which, I was able to get a glimpse of Olafur Eliasson's The Collectivity Project: "An installation of two tons of white LEGO bricks that features an imaginary cityscape conceived and designed by the public."  The "collectivity" component comes in as visitors are invited to help build the structures as they see fit.  So cool!  If you want to see the installation for yourself, then it'll be up through September 30th! 

In a nutshell, if you're in NYC, then you should totally check out the High Line.  As much as I love the hustle and bustle of the busy city, it's nice to able to seek refuge from it + see all the action from above.  Interested in learning more about The High Line?  This book, On The High Line written by Annik La Farge, is the ultimate guide chock-full of stunning photography, historical facts and fun tidbits.  It's definitely worth checking out at your local library or investing for your coffee table! 

Have you visited the High Line?  What are your favorite sights (or parks) in NYC?  Leave a comment below!


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