Looking for something free to do in Manhattan? We recommend checking out the Chelsea High Line. You can easily walk the entire park in less than 45 minutes — that is, if you don’t want to sit and read a book or take photos along the scenic pathway.
The High Line, now one of NYC’s great urban parks, used to be a dilapidated historic railroad. Once used for the commerce and distribution of meat, milk, and produce, the historic infrastructure became a voided space in Manhattan in 1980 as the last train delivered frozen turkeys to Greenwich Village.
Since 1980, the elevated railroad was left to natural forces and was devoured by New York’s wild plants and vegetation. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects who designed the renovation and reuse of the High Line in 2003, wanted to incorporate the wild plants into the renovation design. The intentionality of preserving the wild plants lead to the final re-use design of a public park. While walking in the park, one can still see the original train tracks amongst the wild trees, grasses, and flowers.
Since it’s opening in 2009, The High Line has been made itself accessible to the public in three phases; the third and final phase will be opened in 2014. Right now, the High Line stretches from West 30th Street to Gansevoort Street along 10th Avenue. We recommend walking the entire Highline from from West 30th and 10th Ave down into Greenwich Village. This is a fantastic way to clear your mind and enjoy the last bit of summer!
After the walk, why not pick up a bubble tea on your way back to school? Be sure to get your discount by using this coupon –
Eliza Moore, Brooklyn College
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