|The High Line overlooks the meatpacking district in Chelsea|
|Flowers are growing nicely in between the cracks|
There are a few stops along the High Line where people can get drinks and snacks. The coffee stand was quite popular, though the others selling empanadas, artisanal popsicles and ice cream sandwiches were quiet.
For souvenir hunters, the High Line has its own gift shop too, with proceeds going towards funding the maintenance of the park/path.
|There's lots of green spaces making it a pleasant walk|
However eventually trucks replaced trains in transporting goods and by 1980, the Highline had stopped running. In 1999, the High Line was threatened with demolition and two friends set up the Friends of the High Line to save it.
In 2002 the local government took on the initiative and the High Line was inaugurated seven years later.
|A patch of shrubs and flowers that has grown nicely|
The High Line is now a major tourist attraction, and on the day I went, a number of the people passing through were overseas visitors -- Italian was spoken a lot -- while some were locals preferring to take in some greenery on their walk, or avoiding the traffic below.
I walked all the way to around 34th Street by the docks to take in a view of the clouds threatening to take over the sky with rain. Only a few drops fell as somehow the winds managed to disperse the clouds to reveal some clear patches later in the day.
|Yutaka Sone's depiction of Manhattan in marble|
Not only is that amazing but also the fact that developers have quickly jumped in and built condos around the High Line to bump up prices. But do you want to live where people can walk by and look into your apartment?
Nevertheless, can't wait to see what the High Line looks like the next time I come back!