On this day: High Line, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On December 4, 2017, I was at the High Line in New York City.

After our morning at One World Trade Center enjoying views from above the city, we headed toward west Manhattan for a stop at Chelsea Market for lunch. This was followed by an afternoon stroll on the High Line, a 1.45 mile long elevated linear park, greenway, and rail trail constructed on a former New York Central Railroad spur.

The High Line originates in the Meatpacking District, running from Gansevoort Street through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street. Its design was inspired by the Promenade Plantรฉe (tree-lined walkway) project in Paris, integrating landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology.

Accessible via 11 stair and elevator entrances, the park features art installations and naturalized paintings inspired by plants growing on the disused tracks, along with views of the city and the Hudson River. It is open daily until 7 pm in the winter, and until 11 pm in the summer. Since its construction in 2009, The High Line has become an immensely popular attraction for tourists and locals in New York, inspiring cities throughout the United States to redevelop obsolete infrastructure as public space.