I'm very excited to post the second guest blog from Sara of NYC nom nom. Enjoy.
When I first read about The High Line coming to New York City, I was instantly enamored. I'm sure the story has been romanticized, but I loved that someone went up to an old abandoned elevated railway that was about to be torn down and saw dreams of a park. What other's considered an eyesore turned out to be a wonderland of flowers. Nature had reclaimed this industrial remnant and someone had the foresight to realize that someday, it could look like this.
The High Line is now 20 blocks of a beautiful walking park on the west side of Manhattan (mostly along 20th Avenue from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street). It has become my favorite place to stroll as well as one of my favorite places to have a picnic. Chelsea Market is close to the southern entrance and you can pick up any number of fantastic eating items there (for some views of the market, check out this post). There are a number of great places to sit and eat along the way.
There are small, local businesses that have stands along the way and sell all sorts of treats, including People's Pops, a homemade ice pop stand (also in Chelsea Market, more on them here) and Melt, which specializes in homemade ice cream sandwiches.
There are also a number of fantastic restaurants along the way (for more info, here are some posts on The Park, Cookshop, and one of my all-time favorites for a splurge, Colicchio & Sons). One favorite activity among High Line strollers are the beer gardens. On the South side is The Standard Biergarten, which is the "hip" place to have a beer and eat some brats. On the other side of the High Line, at 30th Street, is a brand new beer garden called "The Lot on Tap" which is in partnership with Colicchio and Sons. This is the opposite of the Standard, with food supplied by food trucks (a very popular NYC trend) and built on an old parking lot. It is much more relaxed and more my vibe, but each have their own strong points.
We had Falafel from the truck on the right, Taim, and it was great.
For the next few weeks, AOL has a children's playground with inflated balloons. I wouldn't say it's hours of entertainment, but it's a nice way to end a family High Line walk in NYC.
For more pictures of The High Line as taken by my photography-genius sister, owner of Wackydog Photography, visit the full gallery here.