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Indian Summer in the City

It may be mid-October, but today feels more like late summer in NYC. People are out in tank tops and short, enjoying the sun. Enjoy it while it lasts!

How I wish I could be basking in the sun like this guy

Mother Nature is a Rad Lady

If you missed tonight’s sunset and clouds in NYC you missed out. Never fear, I captured it all for you.

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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