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Photo Essay: An Afternoon at New York City’s High Line Park

- Megan Montenaro, Kiwi Collection's Director of Communications

I visited the High Line a handful of times soon after it opened in 2009, but haven’t been back since its second section opened last summer. With parents in town, I thought a visit to this public park built upon an abandoned elevated rail was a perfect activity on a gorgeous afternoon.

I prefer to start any visit to the High Line with a meal at The Standard Hotel‘s Bar and Grill. With a belly full of chopped veggies and a sliver of cheesecake, we were off to explore the 1.45 miles of park spanning Manhattan’s west side.

The stairs of the southern most entry at Gansevoort Street.

Construction site of the future home of The Whitney Museum of American Art, which is set for completion in 2015.

“Old Singer with Blossoms 2012” sculpture by Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Alessandro Pessoli. This piece is part of Lilliput, the first group exhibit on the High Line.

Terroir, the “elitist wine bar for everyone”, has opened an outpost at 15th Street called Terroir on the Porch. It’s a great spot to stop for a light bite and glass of wine while strolling the park. In need of a sweet treat? People’s Pops is near by at 16th Street.

Following up his “blockbuster retrospective” at New York’s Guggenheim, Maurizio Cattelan unveiled this piece a few weeks ago, which is part of a High Line series that began last December. Measuring 75 ft. by 25 ft., the billboard overlooks 18th Street and 10th Avenue.

This Gotinus Coggygria (a.k.a. “Young Lady Smoke Bush”) was the High Line’s Plant of the Week. Of the 210 different plants in section one of the park, 161 are native to New York.

This colorful mural on West 25th by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is based on the famous 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt “V-J Day in Times Square” photograph. Looks like it’ll be finished in plenty of time for the August 14th anniversary of the photo.

The benches on the High Line have what’s referred to as a “peel-up” design in which they seem to organically rise from the ground.

The stretch of the park between 27th and 28th streets overlooks a rooftop where, in collaboration with other artists, Jordan Betten has made The High Line Zoo sculpture garden.

This image of a man peeking from behind his window shade was painted by his neighbor, artist Hyemi Cho, when the park’s second phase of opened last summer. She has one of herself, which is across the street, and has done several others.

This is the end of the second phase of the park at West 30th Street. Recently, renderings of proposed plans to expand the High Line through the Hudson Rail Yards were unveiled. Additional images of the park, including historical ones before it was restored, can be found at thehighline.org.

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