The High Line

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Green spaces are hard to come by in New York City. Concrete sidewalks and brick buildings crowd the busy streets, but you can find a stretch of secluded greenery just by looking up. Perched above the bustling streets lies the High Line, a park built on an historic elevated section of the former New York Central Railroad.

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The High Line was built during 1934, in an effort to revitalize the surrounding area. The tracks ran from 34th Street to Spring Street, and sat above city streets on a suspended line. After the last train traveled the tracks in 1980, a local group called Friends of the High Line worked to preserve the space. The line reopened during 2009 as a park, but you can still spot the old tracks in between the trees and pathways.

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The park offers an amazing view of the New York skyline, with an added bonus of some hidden street art.

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Some art installations scattered along the path are more humorous, especially given that it was 24 degrees when I visited. Those sunbathers might have a rough time.

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Local artists also stop by the park to get inspiration or show off their works. I passed by a representative from I Think Outside My Box, a community painting salon that gives the public a chance to channel their inner artist. The group has collected over 20,000 paintings on tiny three-inch pieces of cardboard  that are displayed throughout the city.

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As you walk along the 1.45-mile stretch, you can stop to relax on the giant wooden benches, or take in the view at the many city viewing stations.

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Whether you go for the view or to people watch, the High Line is a great escape from the craziness of New York. The park is open year-round – check the park website for hours, which vary by season.

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