Whenever we touch down in NYC the High Line is the first place we head for, and with the opening last week of Section 2 - doubling its length - it just got even better.
Built on an abandoned stretch of elevated freight railway on the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is a contemporary yet tranquil park in a setting that couldn't be more urban if it tried and is easily one of the most thoughtful public spaces in New York.
Sleek wooden benches, steel railings and concrete walkways brush up against disused track beds planted with trees, flowers and wild grasses in a happy marriage of nature and industry, all set against a backdrop of the relentlessly hip Meatpacking and Chelsea neighbourhoods. At 30 feet above the ground, you're still able to see and feel what's going on in the streets down below, but the height offers a perspective-shifting take on the city.
The new section has opened almost two years to the day after the initial Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street stretch, and to celebrate we're sharing some of the highlights of Part Two. We can't wait to go back...
The 23rd Street Lawn
The northern end of the 4,900-square-foot lawn peels up over West 23rd Street, looking west toward the Hudson River, with views of Brooklyn to the east and New Jersey to the west.
An elevated pathway passes between historic warehouse buildings, between West 25th and West 27th Streets, looking north.
The pathway rises eight feet above the High Line, winding through a canopy of trees, between West 25th and West 27th Street, looking south.
An aerial evening view at West 26th Street, looking south.
A long wooden bench curves with the pathway for an entire city block, between West 28th and West 29th Streets, looking south.
From West 21st Street, looking South along 10th Avenue toward the Hudson River.
From West 30th Street, looking west toward the Empire State Building.
From West 30th Street, looking South toward the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.