The High Line in New York City is one of those places a lot of tourists don't even think to visit. Whether it is because they haven't heard of it, don't have enough time to work in a visit, or it just doesn't peek the top of their list of places to go... it's worth reconsidering. The High Line park is a gem along Manhattan's West Side, veering along the old elevated railway through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, Hells Kitchen and the West Side Rail Yards.
A walk along the High Line gives visitors a fresh perspective on the city, allowing the big city to be seen in a new light.
As someone who has visited New York City several times, I know from firsthand experience that even while taking in the sights and sounds of the city that it is so easy to get caught up in the speed of the city. People walk fast, and even if used to moving at a slower pace, travelers are often swept up in the movement and find themselves being moved along just as quickly.
People watching steps away from the rush along the High Line allows a vacationer to slow down and look around, while enjoying the views of the city streets and the views of the High Line itself from above.
Manhattan's High Line park offers many places for photo opportunities. If you have a willing model like I did, you'll likely end up with a ton of pictures. Pack a lunch, stroll around for the day, and find a place to sit down and relax or read a book on one of several grassy lawns that are perfect relaxing afternoon right above the city streets.
Next time you're in the city, plan an afternoon outing on the High Line. Take a step away from the hustle and bustle, slow down, and just enjoy the city. There's no rush.