While we were in NYC we walked a portion of the Highline. The Highline is a public park and walking path made from elevated train tracks rescued from demolition. The views, design and landscaping are amazing! You really get a different perspective of the city. It's amazing how a shift in your position can change your viewpoint. A step to the left or right. A look over your shoulder. A flight of stairs up. And your world can actually expand in extraordinary ways.
The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. ~ http://www.thehighline.org
More images from my trip to NYC can be found here: http://smu.gs/zWkr5p