Brian Approved: The Highline

Meet another good friend of mine from Cali, Beth MacLane.

 She has literally seen me grow up from my post High School days.  In a sense, she’s a part of my extended family.  When my parents moved away from California and I was living in the “Golden” state by myself, Beth and her husband Mike became mentors of sorts for me.  They have a phenomenal marriage and navigate such a great balance in their life between work, faith, and hobbies.

Beth also has amazing style and great taste!  I guess part of it comes from her job as a big wig at Calvin Klein.  Working for them has her in NYC quite often.  So when she told me I needed to check out the “Highline”, I immediately took note and made a point to get out there the first Saturday I had a chance.  It’s not on the typical tourist “to do” list…but it really should be.

So what is it?  It’s a public park built on a historic freight line elevated high above the streets on the west side of the City.  It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.  It opened in 1999 and initially only went as far as 20th Street.  In 2011, they extended the park run between 20th and  34th street.  Currently, they are working on a new expansion that will take it even further.  You have to know exactly where to get on the highline as there are only certain streets that have elevator and stair access.

It you were to walk it from one end to the other, you’re looking at about a good 30-45 minute power walk.  They’ve done a good job of landscaping it as well as preserving the train heritage.  The views and pictures you are able to get are one of a kind.  There’s pockets of places along the highline where you can eat, chill on the grass, read a book on the old school benches, observe unique architecture, watch movies on a summer night (permanent projectors are set-up for just this!), or just people watch.  Wanna know the hidden gem?  THE SUNSETS!  Spectacular!  If you’re looking for a romantic spot to take your significant other and watch the sun go down, few places rival this.

Here’s some pictures.  I went by myself when Tara was out of town (during the day) and then took her in the evening (you’ll see why below) when she got back.  She loved it as well.  Now, we tell everyone that this is a MUST when you are in the City!

Cool grassy area…great way to escape the heat.

The rest of these photos are from trip #2 with Tara a few weeks later and of course, I wanted to get there at dusk to catch a sunset. 

My beautiful wife!

Not surprising at all that wedding parties take pictures up here.

One of the few sit down eateries along the Highline.

They’re not Cali sunsets, but the NYC ones rank up there…that’s for sure.  I leave you with a few pics of them.

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