The disused New York central railroad has gradually been transformed into an aerial greenway that runs through the Lower West Side of Manhattan and has became a popular walkway for both New Yorkers and tourists.
Years after the trains stopped running along the elevated tracks, a self-seed landscape began to grow. This inspired the planting design on the High Line and a lot of the original species have been included into the landscape. The walkways are lined with grasses, shrubs, trees and perennials as they’re sustainable and offer a variation of colours and textures that bloom all year round.
The Chelsea Market Passage, situated between West 15th and 16th street, has a range of quirky independent retailers and food carts selling fresh coffee, snow cones and gelato during the warmer months.
The rails to trails park has proved a great addition to the city and has even boosted house prices in the area! With ground space being so limited in New York, the high line is certainly a clever way of utilising unused space. The park is a fantastic way for New Yorkers to enjoy nature whilst still being in the heart of the city.
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