High Line Park
Venue: Outdoor, elevated park
Atmosphere: Chill, relaxing
Crowd/Scene: Everyone, family-friendly
Rating: Uzo gives it 3/5 stars
Well, I finally did it! I finally made my way over to the giant park in the sky.
Created in 2009, High Line Park is a repurposed, elevated railroad turned into a mile-long stretch of grass, walkways and a few vendors. It’s actually pretty damn amazing when you think about it. A mist skyscrapers, office buildings, restaurants, highways and parking garages, High Line Park, elevated above it all, weaves through Lower Manhattan full of trees, spectacular views and people. It has to be one of the most creative outdoor venues in New York City, which is why it has become quite the attraction and a must-do for any New Yorker at some point in their lives.
That said, I did only give High Line Park a 3 out of 5 stars rating. It’s not a knock on the place. Again, it’s extremely beautiful, and resembles a thing strip of Central Park with the many visitors who choose to sit in the grassy areas to read, eat and lay out in the sun. However, it’s not as there’s something going on there that you can’t find in other places. In terms of activities and buzz, it’s no Central Park Sheep Meadow or Brooklyn Bridge Park. And because it is but a few yards wide, it’s not as if there is a ton of space to lay out and chill. Actually, chances are, if you get there too late in the afternoon, you won’t have a place to lay out.
Still, I don’t want to take away from the beauty and originality of the place. High Line Park offers views of the Hudson River and Jersey that, while not unique to the park, are still incredibly beautiful. While this is not a place to go for a run, it makes for a nice, short, walking stroll–if you happen to be the type of person that likes to stroll. So if you find yourself making the ever-so popular trek from The Standard Hotel to the Frying Pan, there is no better way to do it than to go above the streets and walk the High Line.