The High Line, an Elevated Escape

Visitors don’t let rain deter them as they stroll through the High Line in Chelsea.

By Pooja Shah

Welcome to Manhattan, a famous city where steel gray buildings, skyscrapers, and millions upon millions of people dominate the landscape. To evade this monotonous lifestyle (and, don’t get me wrong, I love New York City, but everyone does need some sort of break) people seek out what they lack: an escape.

One such escape, that’s pretty incredible, is the High Line –  which starts in the Meat-Packing District. Having recently visited the place, I can tell you with certainty that it’s worth a trip. The High Line used to be elevated railroad tracks before it was converted into essentially a mile-long park. The tracks connected directly to factories so that freight cars ran right inside the warehouses.

Now vegetation covers the tracks and there is a pebble walkway through the shrubbery. Stairways are located at various streets to provide access to the High Line. En route, one will find the Hudson River on one side, various built-in benches, vendors, and even a grassy area to sit in. More