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Colorful Construction

This has to be the most colorful scaffolding and construction site I’ve ever seen.1017141412_1

Glass Skies

Something that strikes me about the landscape of New York city almost every day is the interaction of the urban landscape with its natural surroundings. It’s easy to get caught up in all the structures, construction and hustle and bustle. But, if you take the time to look around, the glass and metal of the city often offer wonderful reflections and views of the natural world around.

On blue skied days, I love how the glass buildings the ripple in the sunlight and mirror the clouds. In what is likely to be the first of many posts of the subject of the city versus nature, I’d like to share some of my favorite photos of the glass skies of New York.

Freedom Tower in blue

Freedom Tower in blue

Construction Reflections

Construction Reflection

Maritime Hotel skies

Maritime Hotel skies

The End of the (High)Line

The Highline in New York City is a park built on the previously abandoned and disused elevated railroad tracks of the New York Central Railroad spur which runs from the Meatpacking district to Midtown West. The north end of the Highline is near my office and I love it dearly. I have spent many a lunch hour wandering the park, people watching and taking in the juxtapositions of urban sounds, construction and building with the peaceful flora and fauna of the park.

View from the southern end of the Highline

View from the southern end of the Highline

The Highline has been open since 2009, but since the opening, construction has continued to push the park northward. The final section of the park running from 30th street  and as the New York Times describes “swing[s] west from 10th Avenue toward the Hudson River…It spills into a feral grove of big-tooth aspen trees on 34th Street.” Indeed the sunsets are glorious.

Just another sunset viewed from the Highline

Just another sunset viewed from the Highline

The newest and most northern section of the Highline, has a different tone, both literally and and metaphorically, than the rest of the park. It juts what seems dangerously close to a high rise construction site, and loops post the end of the line for the trains at Penn Station. Even the path way is more industrial, with more exposed rails and rugged black top rather than the concrete pavers seen elsewhere in the park. There is a constant cacophony of drilling, hammering, horns honking, and trains chugging along.

Rugged rail walkways

Rugged rail walkways

Certainly, its less than peaceful, but it seems like the perfect end to the park. After a more peaceful and sometimes magical feeling walk through the southern sections, the end of the Highline slowly brings you back to the urban reality of midtown Manhattan.

Train terminus as viewed from the Highline

Train terminus as viewed from the Highline