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Urban Hiking: A Photo Tour of The NYC Highline

The Highline is beautiful even in the winter.

The Highline is beautiful even in the winter.

 

It seems almost counter-intuitive–why search out a place to walk in a city where walking is the primary mode of transportation?  Well, I’ll tell you why.  Because the Highline–an urban-park-meets-boardwalk constructed on an old elevated train line in the west side of Manhattan–is beautiful.  Ask any one of the dozens of camera-toting Highline walkers and they’ll tell you.  And then they’ll show you photos like these:

 

My favorite mural, very near the 30th street entrance.

My favorite mural, very near the 30th street entrance.

Light matters.

Light matters.

A variety of different architecture makes up the landscape.

A variety of different architecture makes up the landscape.

Faded can be beautiful, too.

Faded can be beautiful, too.

I love how the mirrors on this building blend with the sky.

I love how the mirrors on this building blend with the sky.

While not art, even some of the billboards are amusing.  I loved this one the most.

While not art, even some of the billboards are amusing. I loved this one the most.

In case you ever want to spend a morning watching traffic from above.

In case you ever want to spend a morning watching traffic from above.

Looking down.

Looking down.

Winter grasses and cityscape.

Winter grasses and cityscape.

Walking through the Chelsea Market tunnel.

Walking through the Chelsea Market tunnel.

 

I walked from the (current) northernmost entrance at 30th street down to Chelsea Market on 16th.  I did so on an unseasonably warm, sunny, winter weekend morning.  And by unseasonably warm I mean ‘it was forty degrees’, which is not very warm at all in my book.  Because I was walking south, the sun was in my eyes the entire time, and in order to get a good shot I had to turn around and shoot behind me.  So if you’re out with the intention of taking photos (and you should be–it’s a great space) perhaps consider walking south-to-north.

The foliage on the Highline was intended to be year-round and low-maintenance.  Thus, it is different–yet equally beautiful–in all seasons.  If I lived closer, I’d happily return in each season to watch the changes unfold.  In fact, I may need to do that anyway.  After all, I live less than two hours by bus from one of the greatest cities in the world.  I really should visit more often, don’t you think?

Have you been to the Highline?  Are you a tourist or a local?  Because I always wonder this when exploring urban green spaces–what is the ratio of visitors to locals.  Chime in in the comments section below and help me figure this out! 

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