Who hasn't walked The High Line and imagined having the park all to themselves, without the frustrations of crowds and tourists? That dream came true for a lucky group of Instagrammers Wednesday morning, who were invited for a before-hours #emptyhighline tour from Friends of the High Line. Our intrepid deputy art director (@smulligan_) and social-media manager (@laurenreddy) gathered at 5:30am to wander the park until it opened at 7am and capture the park's greenery, art, and views of the city. Their group captured so many beautiful pics that we figured we had to share the best ones.
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Instagram meet-ups have grown in popularity as a way for users to meet in real life. Prolific Instagrammer Dave Krugman has helped rally photographers for similar walks at other NYC cultural institutions, including a series of #emptymet walks for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What's the appeal? "It's so refreshing to spend time with creative people, who are driven to create and to share, and to cross-pollinate ideas. It's also exciting to meet the people who you have been following, since everyday you've gotten a dose of their creative energy," says Krugman, who attended the #emptyhighline walk.
Krugman added that Instagram allows us to "remove the physical barriers of distance and access, and share these incredible sites (and sights) with an engaged, global community." So even though we normal New Yorkers won't get to enjoy the emptiness, at least we can drool over the photos.