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NYC's High Line Elevated Park is Complete and Awesome: Photos from Opening Day

June 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Amazing. Free. Fragrant. Sexy. Refreshing. At least one of these adjectives you'll find yourself uttering after stepping up onto New York City's latest public attraction: the completed northern half of the elevated High Line Park. Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.

Even though such a pool seemed like a better idea on the 95-degree sunny day, thousands turned up to check the place out. And just as we did almost two years ago to the day when the lower half debuted, we climbed the stairs from the noisy and hot streets of Manhattan into another world. Our verdict? YOU. GOTTA. GO.

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Surfin' the High Line: Opening Day At NYC's New Elevated Park

June 9, 2009 at 11:51 AM | by | Comment (1)

Nothing's cheaper than free, and in New York City, we take what we can get. Luckily, what's available beginning this summer is nothing short of awesome as the hotly-debated High Line Park opens to the public.

Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.

The final decision to add nature and make it a pedestrian-friendly park couldn't have been more perfect for this year of staycations, and so we headed up a level yesterday in the first few hours of the High Line's public life to check out the greenery and scenery.

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The High Line is Now Open

June 8, 2009 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

With so much travel news raining down on us, we don't always have time to give every story its own forecast. Here's more of the day's news, in brief.

· The High Line Has Opened: Finally, NYC's long-awaited park in the Meatpacking District has officially opened to the public today. HotelChatter has a view from the Standard NYC Hotel while NewYorkology has a ton of new pics from today. [HotelChatter, NewYorkology]

· American Airlines Will Let UK Flyers Pay with PayPal: AA is the only American airlines that lets its passengers pay by PayPal. What started out for U.S. customers last Fall has now been extended to folk in the U.K. [Press Release]

· Greyhound is Excited About Their New Logo: Greyhound buses posted a picture of their new(ish) logo on Twitter [Twitter]

· New Orleans Mayor is Quarantined: Ray Nagin and his wife will be staying at the Jinjiang Inn in a suburb of Shanghai for at least seven days! [HotelChatter]