The High Line in NYC is the new trendy spot–and with reason. But instead of martinis you get fancy Popsicles. Instead of dressing up, you dress down and go for a walk or relax on beautiful wooden loungers. There’s still a jazz trio, though, so you’re set.
It’s a former elevated railroad track that’s been converted into a walking space and garden. And it’s worth all of the fanfare.
In the Beginning
It was built to raise dangerous freight trains from interrupting and injuring pedestrians on the street. Railroad cars carried meat, produce, and dairy products, giving this route the nickname, “The life line of NY.”
Creating an Elevated Space
When trucking replaced trains and the High Line’s usage declined, it naturally became run down. A group of committed folks rallied to keep it and turn it into a park with beautiful views of the city and on the High Line itself, as gardens fill in the old tracks.
What’s your favorite transformation of a railroad space?
Love old railroad spaces and trains? Check out pics from the Southeastern Railway Museum in Georgia.