High on the High Line

The High Line is a newer park in the city, and definitely one of my favorites.  I mentioned it in my Urban Parks post, but even since last September, the park has changed greatly.  They have extended all the way up past 30th street.  My boyfriend & I recently spent the day traversing the old elevated subway track.

The High Line has to be one of my favorite places in the city.  Not only does it run along the Hudson river, promising an ever-refreshing breeze – but it gives you an intimate eye-level view into the lives of many Manhattanites.  It is a real urban park. There is green space, but it is strategically planned between the wooden planks and concrete structures. The park weaves around buildings, across bridges, under hotels, above streets, below apartments, and more.

Some of the local residents have taken to the constant flow of tourist in their backyard so much as to “add to” the show.  From blown up dolls in the windows, to patriotic flags & the High Line “Zoo” – your mind will be blown with the amount there is to observe.

It has changed so much since my last visit that now there are restaurants and food vendors throughout your walk.  Live music if you’re lucky.  I recommend walking the entire park.  From Gansevoort street to 30th street – walk every inch.  Stop at each spot and observe the life in motion below you.

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A Day at the Met

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Every summer the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a special exhibit on the rooftop.  This year features Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City.  I recommend it to all those who can make it before the close of the show – in early November, 2012.  We went on a late Saturday afternoon, after a long stroll in neighboring Central Park, just in time for the hot summer sun to pass while we enjoyed a delicious glass of wine on the roof.

Cloud City was a structure of mirrors in geometrical shapes that reflects all sorts of wonders to its viewers.  Trying to find yourself is a game in itself…. just remember “angle of reflection = angle of refraction”.  Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself.

Probably the most satisfying part of the exhibit is the spacious feeling it creates for us New Yorkers.  The rooftop alone towers over the green of Central Park, creating a sensation of fresh, lush air.  The mirrors of Cloud City project the New York skyline from all angles.  Not only does it turn the skyline upside down, you feel as if you’re floating in the clouds above the city.  I have to say, a glass of vino helps with interpretation – try it.

After deciding we needed to share the roof with the other guests, we made our way down through the daunting floors of the Met, stopping to find some DaVinci sketches on our way.  We found ourselves across the courtyard from a live string quartet playing in the Met café.  Felt almost surreal to watch, with a slight buzz and feeling of elation from the roof.

If you come to New York, swing by the Met. Visit the rooftop, take time for a glass, and don’t try to rush through any part of it.  The museum is massive – you won’t see it all. Set those expectations before your enter its glory, and you will leave satisfied.

On top of the world

We’ve got some friends in high places!