Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mama Takes Manhattan

My mom came to visit!!  Woohoo, my first family member to come check out the new digs and see what my life here is all about. Mom was here for 5 days, just enough time to hit a few NYC hot spots, taste the city staples and, of course, do some major shopping.

First stop on the list:  Chelsea's Highline.


The High Line is an elevated public park built upon an abandoned freight rail line high above the city streets.  Stretching over 20 blocks through the Meatpacking District, the park is one of the most photogenic spots in the city - an unexpected lush spot in the midst of a posh urban sprawl.


Though only opened to the public in 2009, the High Line has quickly become a both tourist staple and well-worn date spot for locals. They keep adding on new sections to extend the line further and new features to up the interest level, from beautiful fountains and water-play areas to creative seating options and outdoor work spaces. 

Expect impressive vistas of the Hudson River and interesting glimpses of Manhattan street life from above.
We've taken every visitor we've had so far for a leisurely stroll along the High Line, and it hasn't missed yet!

Look, it's Jersey!

West 15th Street Walkway.

There's a rad spot near 14th Street, where they've built a north-facing viewing stadium directly over the street, so traffic drives right out from under you up Ninth Avenue. A popular photo spot, you often see people gathered for an outdoor picnic on the tiered benches and we once happened upon a teenage production of "As You Like It."

Now off to lunch in the village!

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