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Another beautification of an old railroad right-of-way. This is High Line Park in New York City.
This from the New York Times By JAN BENZEL
Published: September 2, 2010
The High Line
The first lease I signed in New York was for an apartment in Chelsea, a fifth-floor walk-up on a pretty block with the lovely garden of the General Theological Seminary around the corner. If you weren??t around then ?? the 1980s ?? you can??t possibly imagine how much that part of Manhattan has changed. The galleries! The restaurants! But best of all, the High Line, the elevated park fashioned from the abandoned, decrepit elevated railway.
Gorgeous native grasses blow in the breeze along an old-fashioned boardwalk. City dwellers in bathing suits lounge on big wooden chaises. There??s a wacky open-air amphitheater where you can sit and watch a show, which usually turns out to be city traffic below. There??s a beautiful stained-glass window, just hanging, not looking in or out on anything. The vestiges of the meatpacking district and the water towers and buildings become elements of a great canvas all around you. What you see is New York reinventing itself, as it does all the time ?? in this case gloriously, artfully so.
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