Brie + Dave’s NYC Engagement Session on The High Line
If you have ever been to New York City chances are you’ve heard of The High Line. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Not only is this one of my favorite parts of the city, but the ability to get above it, literally, is a photographer’s dream! The opportunity to literally be eye-level with high rise buildings, above the streets of Manhattan (specifically Chelsea), is just so much fun! Not only that, but NYC did an amazing job of making this into a park.
The pathway, between West 14th and West 15th Streets, is flanked by lounge chairs and a water feature that offers people a chance to dip their toes during the spring and summer. The semi-enclosed passage, between West 15th and West 16th Streets, features art and public programs, as well as food carts and an open-air cafe during the warmer months of the year. At West 16th Street, a spur splits from the primary High Line structure and crosses 10th Avenue, connecting to the former Merchants Refrigerated Warehouse. The spur’s plantings evoke the wild landscape that grew on the High Line before it was a park, featuring crab apples, asters, sedges, goldenrods, and alumroot. Crab apple trees, above the streets of Manhattan. I mean, really. This place is amazing!
As part of the High Line’s conversion to a public space, many of the structure’s steel beams were removed where the High Line crosses 10th Avenue, creating an amphitheater-like space with views up 10th Avenue to the north and views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty to the south. And then you have the “Chelsea Thicket”. The two-block-long Chelsea Thicket features a pathway winding gently through a miniature forest of lush dogwoods, bottlebrush buckeye, hollies, roses, and other dense shrubs and trees. Here, the original railroad tracks are embedded into the walkway, allowing visitors to walk on them. These are just a few of my favorite spots on The High Line. The list goes on and on with all of the incredible features this park offers!
Dave and Brie are Manhattanites who used to live near The High Line and this space has a very special meaning to them. So, when we started discussions of where to meet in New York City, The High Line was their first choice! We met on a recent windy weekend evening, right before dusk. The results are magic!