Until I came to New York City a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the High Line. It gets masked by Central Park, and while Central Park is certainly a wonder, the delightful innovation surrounding the High Line makes it stand out.
So what is the High Line? In short, it's an elevated railroad track that has been repurposed into a park that snakes its way from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. Unlike most of New York City's parks, it isn't a grassy space that appeals to picnickers and yoga troupes. It feels more like a boardwalk peppered with modern art that hinges on being interactive. Like the water fountain the begs you to pucker up. Or the Lego cityscape that invites passersby to change it around.
Before we ascended, we stopped at the Gansevoort Market, which offers everything from crepes to quinoa. I found happiness in a bowl of couscous topped with lamb kebab and baba ganoush, which I took with me into the park. If you want to picnic, go elsewhere, but there are plenty of benches that afford an excellent view of the Hudson.
While the High Line is a bit of a hike for me, I intend to visit it often. It's crowded, certainly, and it feels more so due to its narrow width, but it's more peaceful than Central Park. And those built-in lounge chairs near the water feature? Yes, please.