The High Line represents how much work it takes to make something look like no trouble at all. This impressively landscaped space features rotating art installations, water features, and benches. It began life as a response to the avenue's reputation as "Death Avenue" in the 19th Century. Back in the day, locomotives came all the way down the tip of the island, and New Yorkers, then as now, liked to jaywalk with the grim reaper. After first hiring cowboys to ride ahead of the trains to warn the folks, who of course were ignored, the city created an above the streets rail line to separate the trains from the street before they could separate the limbs from the people. When the High Line finally ended its useful industrial life, the weed-strewn structure inspired the park of today.
It's a trip to walk this line. Fabulous views in an historic neighborhood. Lots of swallows sweeping around the old warehouses during the right seasons make for a gay old time. You've got to see it to believe it.