Right Smack Dab In The Middle Of Town, I’ve Found A Paradise That’s Trouble Proof

11 Jun

The long-anticipated section 2 of New York City’s High Line opened this week, and it’s glorious!

And, my luck – it’s now just a 15-minute walk away from our home.

From their website:

“The opening of the new section doubles the length of the public park. After years of planning, design and construction, the High Line is now one mile long, running from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen.”

I went to check it out, and looking down, I first encountered this very un-New York-like scene:

and then, I turned and gazed upon the new section of The High Line

which is a walk through nature above and through the Midtown West buildings.

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

You’ll encountered flowers

and these wonderful sculptures

which turned out to be

bird houses and feeders – complete with seed trays and fruit!

There are wild green spaces in Section 2

and also a beautiful little lawn (the smell of freshly-cut grass – heaven!) that you are able to sink your feet in, or lie on, or…

This could almost be California:

But, then again – California doesn’t have views of The Chrysler Building

There was a vendor selling Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

and plenty of people enjoying them

Velvety grass:

When I come home feelin’ tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet 
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street

The High Line, and a photograph of The High Line:

About the photo in the center-right above, from the High Line’s website (link above at beginning of this blog):

“Joel Sternfeld photographed the High Line over the course of a year in 2000 – 2001. The images he shot of the space before its conversion into a public park show it as it was for many years: overgrown with wild plants; an untamed meadow-like space cutting through Manhattan’s West Side. These images were important catalysts in conveying the potential for the space as a public green space, and helped convert many people into supporters of the movement to save it from demolition.”

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I’ve found a paradise that’s trouble proof 
And if this world starts getting you down
There’s room enough for two

And then, if you are slightly parched, and looking for a little shade and refreshment, head back downstairs to the Beer Garden – or, excuse me, The Lot – which is newly-located underneath The High Line at 30th Street.

Serving beer, wine, soda, water – and home to food trucks, it’s a great place to unwind after your nice, long stroll along the beloved High Line.

xoxo,

SAllan

P.S. much thanks to Gerry Goffin and Carole King for their fitting lyrics from one of my favorite songs, “Up On The Roof” for today’s blog headline and use within…

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