Sculpture and Art on New York's High Line

New York, New York Guide (B): Sculpture and Art on New York's High Line

Even on a cold winter’s day New York’s High Line is a popular place. It is somewhere to escape from the noise and the traffic, a peaceful spot where you can enjoy the fresh air and the plants. With the added bonus of outdoor art and sculpture as you walk through the park.

Urban Rattle, one of many art installations along the High Line

A Raised City Park

Walking along the High Line

The High Line is an unusual urban park raised high above the ground. It was originally a high level railway line built to remove freight from the city streets. The line was used to move meat and other foodstuffs to warehouses and factories but, with the decline in rail freight, it closed in 1980 and was threatened with demolition. However alternative plans were put forward and eventually the High Line reopened as an urban park in 2002. The park runs for 1½ miles from Gansevoort Street (in the heart of the old meatpacking district) to 11th Ave, West 34th Street. A further small section is planned to open in 2017.

The first spring flowers were just starting to show through

We had our lunch in the appropriately named Serafina Meatpacking, a popular Italian restaurant with a long cocktail list. Then we climbed the steps to the start of the High Line (there are several access points along the line, some with elevators). The park has been planted with more than 200 species of plants, many of them grasses and meadow flowers. Of course, it was winter, and the trees were bare, but the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Sculpture and Art on New York's High Line
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Gansevoort Street   11th Ave, West 34th Street   Serafina Meatpacking  
Author: Karen Warren
Read it on author's website: http://www.worldwidewriter.co.uk/2016/05/sculpture-art-new-yorks-high-line.html

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