Innovative Sky Line Park

Central Park has serious competition.  Before Ruth & I went to New York in October, 2017, I googled “best free attractions” and Central Park was #1.  Sky Line Park was #2.

Sky Line is unusual.  TimeOut New York calls it “an urbanite’s playground”.  This perfectly captures its spirit.  We entered it via the elevator at its southern end and found ourselves in an elevated green space that continued north on New York’s West Side from Gansevoort Street up to 34th.  For 1.45 miles this genuine park follows a New York Central Railroad spur, in this case an old freight rail track that branches off from the main line and is often visible. Visible also is the new Whitney Museum, and  we were never too far from a view of the urban landscape and the Hudson River.

There are nine staircases providing entry to this narrow walkway that takes everyone through green spaces alive with trees, flowers, and sculptures. Because we were there on an exceptionally beautiful day, it was very crowded.  Like Central Park, High Line is well used and I suspect I’d be shoulder to shoulder with many others even on a not-so-nice day.  Visit to see an events calendar that lists every lure from Tai Chi to tours.  Ruth & I  saw some school field trippers who were there to learn about native ecology and the city.  At one point we talked to a couple from Switzerland.  I asked the lady how she heard about Sky Line, and she told me that it’s in all the guide books.  Like us, they were thinking that this park is one of the best attractions in a city with hundreds of expensive things to do.

Sky Line opened in June, 2011 and is still not done.  Coming next year is a new third section called The Spur.  About one block long, The Spur will be a fine addition because it clings to the park theme.  There were many artful ideas for how to develop The Spur, but tilted planters and large trees won.  This is not to say that visitors see only greenery and flowers, like the dwarf lady fern and  speckled, orchid-like sinonomes above.   There is food and drink at 4 spots, public restrooms, lots of clever seats for resters, etc.   People can exit at many places to visit the many galleries and businesses below that are not visible in Sky Line Park like the old rail tracks.


ps.  I checked the website mentioned above to learn that the Jindai tatarian asters that we saw in abundance are still in bloom but they won’t be much longer.




About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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