One of my motivations to visit New York was to walk the High Line, a highly landscaped park built on an abandoned freight train trestle running along Manhattan's West Side from about 14th Street north to 34th Street. Though the park is formally landscaped, the design harkens back to the scruffy, weedy ecosystem that had developed naturally on the trestle after it was abandoned.
Though the day was cloudy, windy, and very cold, the trail was crowded. Kali at first said we would "sample" the trail by walking a few blocks, but even though she was chilled, we walked the entire two-mile trail and she became more and more impressed the further we walked. So did I.
I took my pocket point-and-shoot camera with me to New York so that I didn't have to carry my large camera around the city, but the images the small camera produces are not nearly as good as those from my full-sized camera. Please excuse the quality of some of the images.
|The High Line near its southern terminus|
|Looking northward on the High Line|
|An unusually shaped building near the trail|
|The unusually shaped building, closer up|
|The Empire State Building visible from the High Line|
|A spring-blooming witch-hazel|
The residential building in the image above was built after the trail was created. It has become famous for its architecture and its proximity to the High Line. Residential structures are popping up all along the trail (which formerly was New York's meatpacking district) and they command very high rents/prices. A modest new residential condominium across the trail from this structure had signs in the window advertising units for sale from $2 to $20 million.
|A closer view of the building above|