Inspiration Abounds: New York’s High Line

Autumn is magical in Manhattan and right now the city’s most inspiring stroll is the High Line, which recently opened its second section, transforming a once-gritty stretch.

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The park was created along the elevated platform of a long-defunct freight train line, a relic from the city’s industrial era.

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Ten years ago, a group of visionary New Yorkers saw the potential in this landmark, derided by many as an urban blight, and galvanized the city behind the idea of an elevated park similar to Paris’ Promenade Plantée.

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Since it opened to the public, the High Line became an instant icon—exciting, raw and beautiful, like the city itself.

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The High Line is rightfully heralded as a design success story both as a stunning example of mining something modern and beautiful from an existing form…

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…and as a thrilling reminder that inspiration can be found in our everyday world when we just change our perspective. One of my favorite features is the viewing gallery that frames the street life below, like a work of art in progress.

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