There are tourist traps, and there are true blue attractions. The innovatiove High Line proved to be one of the most attractive places we were fortunate enough to visit while in Manhattan. Fresh air, sunshine, vegetation, history and no admission fee. Yes !!! We knew we had to experience a walk along this unique elevated freight rail line which has been transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. When the rail line saw it's last train in 1980, nature took it's course and during the next 25 years self seeding grasses, trees and other plants grew along the tracks. 1999 was a big year for the High Line, which faced demolition had it not been for a community of forward thinking individuals who believed nature had it right, and that this space was meant to be opened to the public for their enjoyment. Beginning in 2009, the High Line has opened to the residents and visitors of New York City as a haven from the concrete jungle. Strolling along the tracks is truly one of the best ways to enjoy the impressive cornucopia of old and new, natural and man made that Manhattan has to offer.
We had a choice to make, rise to the top of the city via the Empire State Building, or walk along it on the High Line (and it turns out, a lot of other ways that day). I'm so glad we chose the latter option. Avoiding long lineups and high ticket prices allowed us to relax and enjoy our morning. Luke and Eve were able to run free without fear of the dreaded horde of yellow cabs, to enjoy the views of colourful murals and artwork, and to dance to the drumming of a very talented busker. I saw what looked like mistletoe and the very start of promising spring flowers poking through the grasses. If you're planning on visiting NYC make sure you read all about the High Line on the Friends of the High Line site and put a visit on your itinerary! My only wish for this experience is that I'll be able to return one day to see the park in full bloom during the summer months! It was magical!