Reviewed by Meagan Rose Rodriguez
As you walk up the steel stairs, looking up at the black metal structures beside you, you are unprepared for the blow of beauty waiting to attack. As you reach the top, you peer around, soaking in all of the cool greens and warm yellows and reds. You sit on the wooden bench and look around at all of the natural beauty.
As the wind rushes by, the tall grass whispers in your ears. The tree leaves tremble and sway. Greens cover the tracks with sprinkles of pink, purple, brown, red and orange. Flowers I've never heard of tuck themselves inside common flower groups. Young children play along the edges of the grass as young poets sit and write down their magical words. Bits of cotton and tiny groves of berries pop up here and there.
The High Line Park is a miniature world in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. It is an escape from pollution and cars, a travel back in time when it was more of a fertile and natural feel. You can sit down on the wooden benches on the tracks that can serve as lounge chairs that you could see at a beach. The original lights and structure still stands and if you look hard enough, you can find the STOP/GO light!
Near the middle, there is a miniature theater with a view of the street. It is fully wheelchair accessible and is large enough to hold many people. Right outside the "theater" is a mini-forest. There are trees and benches you can sit on and my mom commented, "It would be a beautiful place for a date."
The High Line is a wonderful place for anyone and many people (including movie stars) have come to see it. Everyone should see it and appreciate the nature. Anybody should come and express their feelings and I am sure that artists, poets, writers and photographers have come to practice and enjoy.
After I travelled the entire High Line, I went to ask a staff member some questions. She was kind and eager to answer my questions.
Meagan Rose Rodriguez: Can the general public contribute to the High Line?
High Line: Yes. There is a volunteer program and people can donate money.
MRR: Can people get a High Line T-Shirt?
HL: No, not yet, but it may happen in the future.
MRR: Will the High Line continue to expand?
HL: Yes, there are two more sections in progress, the first section -- from 20th to 30th St. -- is in progress and there will be some miniature rivers installed into the High Line.
You see? Even the staff are wonderful!
Before departing my younger sister reminded me of the author Peter Brown which we've both met and his latest book called The Curious Garden, which was inspired by the High Line. Now I can see why.
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