Our long, hard winter is almost over! I look forward to Spring, coming up in just over a week. March 20 – you could not come soon enough!
One thing that Hubby and I are really looking forward to is the opening this Spring of Section 2 of New York City’s High Line Park.
The High Line is a park that was once an elevated railroad track that ran along the west side of the city, on 10th Avenue. The track was closed in 1980. Wikipedia says “The last train ran in 1980 with three carloads of frozen turkeys”.
Since then, the overhead area became overrun with weeds, was in disrepair and was considered unsightly and unsafe by the neighborhood. Mayor Giuliani and others wanted it demolished.
In 1999, the non-profit, community group Friends of the High Line was born.
Now, we New Yorkers enjoy a park in the sky. Section 1 opened a couple of years ago, and Section 2 is slated to open this Spring.
For Hubby and me, it’s a real treat – as we live on the West Side and the High Line is very convenient for us to visit. And Section 2 will be even nearer to us than Section 1 is.
Here is Hubby on the path of The High Line Section 1:
We like the incorporation of track and grass:
Personally, I LOVE the bamboo!
The track – er, Park – runs through part of the old Nabisco factory, which is now Chelsea Market:
Hubby tries to sneak a peak:
I’ll have to blog soon about Chelsea Market – that’s another fascinating New York City location!
Here are some more SPRINGTIME flower High Line pictures – ah, Spring!
High Line, we love you!
Here’s something interesting from Wikipedia, about 10th Avenue – why the track was eventually rebuilt as an elevated track:
“In 1847, the City of New York authorized street-level railroad tracks down Manhattan’s West Side. For safety, the railroads hired men – the “West Side Cowboys” – to ride horses and wave flags in front of the trains. Yet so many accidents occurred between freight trains and other traffic that 10th Avenue became known as “Death Avenue”.”
And, here are a couple of videos about the High Line, and a tour of the soon-to-be-opened Section 2: