Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When tracks meet trunks

Is it ever a good thing for trees to be growing out of railroad tracks?

It sure is when abandoned elevated railroad tracks are turned into a mile-long greenbelt in the heart of New York City! The High Line transformed what was a heap of useless metal into a quite(er) place to walk above the city streets. Even though the trees and vegetation are maturing and we went in a botanically boring time, wow this place is cool. With no intersections to navigate, taxis to avoid or even store windows to distract - it offers a wonderfully peaceful walk in nature above the busy city.

Rather than tearing up all the rails, the designers kept the old tracks and worked them into the edgy design. I can't wait to come back in a few years when the trees have leafed out to see it again. Projects like this and the Squibb Park Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park are turning New York into the Big Green Apple.