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The High Line, Manhattan

While, not the first of its kind, NYC’s High Line has broken that ancient dichotomy between urbanism and nature, splicing then refusing the two. Central Park reigns supreme in this category but I feel that these two sites can only be compared on the surface. Built atop a derelict elevated railway, which has its own incredible history, the High Line survived many attempts at demolition which all failed thanks to entrepreneurs who saw a greater purpose for these spaces. With a past of transporting goods, freight and crew, the High Line is now like that cool Grandparent who always has new tricks up their sleeves, is social but not creepy and when you think you’ve seen it all amazes you with new stories. It’s an industrial site gone greenspace. An evolution in the cycle of recycling. A light urban trail that attracts a wealth of birds and bees, bugs and pugs, you and me…

The trail-head picks up at Gansevoort Street and continues on for 1.5 miles to 34th. Coming upon the High Line you see a platform of greenery that appears strikingly as an oasis in the Sahara. Much of the flora represents native plants that organically grew across the High Line during 26 years of inactivity (1980-2006).


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