I was recently lucky enough to hop over to the Big Apple from Vancouver for a business trip to visit a client. It’s been a while since I last visited New York. For this reason, I was keen to make as much of my free time as I possibly could. I made sure, therefore, to fit in one of the city’s must-sees which I hadn’t yet been to – New York City’s High Line. Follow me on my journey to go and find it in the heart of the city.
SoHo, New York
I arrived into New York in the evening and could think of nothing better to eat for dinner. Of course, what would a trip to New York be without getting a fresh slice?
The next day, my work trip began on Lafayette Street in SoHo. Working from our office is always a little harder when this is the magnificent view across the city. That skyline with the Empire State Building and all the other skyscrapers will never get old for me. Is it the same for you?
The weather soon took a turn, as I watched it from my desk across SoHo and beyond. Grey clouds came from nowhere, and the rain started to fall.
The weather was a little disappointing throughout my visit to New York for the week. With the beautiful lilac skies and rainbows I witnessed, however, I couldn’t really complain. It made the city all the more atmospheric during my walk to find the best slice in New York, and near to the Brooklyn Bridge.
How incredible are these beautiful skies? I couldn’t believe how amazing the lilac colours were reflecting off the rain in the street.
The skies really made up for my showery walk back through SoHo to the hotel. I hoped for better weather in New York the next day!
New York’s best pizza slice
Every time I visit Manhattan, I’m always struck by its grandiosity. I don’t necessarily find it suffocating, more comforting in fact. Walking the streets of SoHo, I had to take the recommendations of my colleagues and head to Prince Street Pizza in Nolita. If it’s good enough for the likes of Pamela Anderson and a ton of other celebrities, it’s good enough for me, right?
Don’t miss the spicy pepperoni square slice. It’s the stuff dreams are made of with those crispy pepperoni slices. It was also the perfect sustenance for battling the rain back to my hotel in SoHo.
Washington Square Park, New York
A new day, and the weather was much brighter and sunnier thankfully. My coworker and I headed straight from the office over to Washington Square Park. It looked so beautiful dappled in the June sunshine. Tourists were escaping the city heat by dipping their toes in the fountain, and orchestral violin music was playing. It was so harmonious and relaxing.
We went for a walk towards the Hudson River for a long walk along the water. People were out jogging and enjoying the sunshine. The perfect way to enjoy an evening in New York. We continued our walk along the water of Manhattan and up to the High Line. It’s a trail I’d heard and seen so much about but had never visited myself. Until now!
The High Line, New York
The High Line is a 1.5 mile long park up high on an abandoned railway track. Nowadays, it’s a reinvention into a ‘living system’. It features landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology, and opened back in 2009. Today, it’s one of Manhattan’s top attractions.
The best thing about the High Line is simply wandering along this ultra cool and contemporary walking art exhibition. Some of the key highlights of the trail include various viewing platforms. Check out the Von Furstenberg sundeck with its refreshing water feature, and the impressive views from the 10th Avenue Square overlook.
The beautiful gardens are for exploring, and the art for admiring. Neon signs and colourful murals are in abundance along the trail – it’s an artistic treasure hunt.
We headed to a restaurant near Chelsea Market afterwards for delicious food and plenty of wine. It was then time to head back to the hotel for a long and much deserved sleep!
Have you visited the High Line? If so, what did you think? Which of New York’s top attractions would you recommend?