One sunny afternoon, Damien and I went for a walk along the High Line. This elevated park is located in the Meatpacking District, a neighborhood previously known for its slaughterhouses which today boasts restaurants and stores. Abandoned freight rails were transformed into a park. No attempt was made to hide the tracks and instead they serve to enhance the High Line’s appeal. A structure that narrowly missed being demolished is something now enjoyed by many people.
My favorite part of the park looks a bit like an open air theatre facing a large glass window and offering a view of the street below. The window serves as a frame making a typical New York street suddenly seem different. The street becomes a stage with an ever changing décor. Here, the passage of time is measured by the number of taxis that zip past below. The High Line allows visitors to see New York from a new perspective.