I lived in NYC for nearly ten years. So when I returned last week for my first visit since my move to San Francisco this summer, I was curious what, if anything, would feel different. The High Line, the urban park that was built on an old elevated freight railroad on the city's west side, surprised me most. The original section runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. While I was gone, the original section seemed to have morphed with tall grasses and flowers and a new section opened, running between West 20th and West 30th Streets. The project is a bit of urban planning genius. Public art works and awesome food spot like Melt Bakery and Blue Bottle Coffee are sprinkled along the tracks and there are plenty of chairs and benches for people watching.
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