Given that many of the city’s indoor attractions have been closed for so long, one has to find alternatives in outdoor activities, while the weather still holds.
A few weeks back I was passing by the Chelsea area and thought about revisiting the High Line, one of my favorite places in New York. Unfortunately, visiting on-the-spot was not possible, as with everything these days, the visit has to be planned in advance by making an online booking in advance, to ensure social distancing.
So, I returned the following week, after making the required booking, and was looking forward to re-living the High Line – a linear park created on the infrastructure of a former NY railroad on the west side of Manhattan. The project is the result of a collaboration between James Corner Filed Operations, Filler Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The abandoned railroad was redesigned as an elevated pedestrian walkway, populated by vegetation and outdoor art. It connects the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea with the Hudson Yards, a large complex in the Chelsea neighborhood with restaurants, office space, a large mall, residential buildings, a performing arts center (The Shed) and a panoramic structure with views upon the city, The Vessel.
The High Line is a must-see for anyone visiting New York, as it is a great example of transforming the city through a surgical intervention at the infrastructural level, providing quality space for the pedestrian, with great views upon Manhattan and the Hudson River. There should be no surprise that the area surrounding the High Line has become more and more popular in the years after its opening, with some of the most exclusive residential buildings being built right next to the elevated walkway, including a Zaha Hadid project.