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New York's High Line Park
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

[EN] New Yorkers float over busy streets in an innovative park.

By Paul Goldberger

Parks in large cities are usually thought of as refuges, as islands of green amid seas of concrete and steel. When you approach the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood on the lower west side of Manhattan, what you see first is the kind of thing urban parks were created to get away from—a harsh, heavy, black steel structure supporting an elevated rail line that once brought freight cars right into factories and warehouses and that looks, at least from a distance, more like an abandoned relic than an urban oasis.

High Line was, in fact, an urban relic, and a crumbling one at that. In 90s, Chelsea was gentrifying into a neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and loft living. High Line has been turned into one of the most innovative and inviting public spaces in New York City and perhaps the entire country. Walking on the High Line is unlike any other experience in New York. You float about 25 feet above the ground, at once connected to street life and far away from it.

Open Photo Gallery (by National Geographic)



[ES] Los neoyorquinos flotan sobre las concurridas calles en un innovador parque.

Los parques de las grandes ciudades son generalmente concebidos como refugios, como islas verdes en un mar de acero y cemento. Cuando te acercas al High Line en el barrio de Chelsea, Lower East Side de Manhattan, lo primero ves es un parque urbano pensado para escapar de la jungla de asfalto, instalado sobre las antiguas vías del metro elevado, rodeado de fábricas y almacenes, algo así como una reliquia abandonada en un oasis urbano.

High Line fue, de hecho, una reliquia urbana, casi derrumbado. En los años 90, El barrio de Chelsae se convirtió en un barrio aburguesado lleno de galerías de arte, restaurantes, vida y lofts.

El High Line se ha convertido en uno de los espacios públicos más innovadores y acogedores de Nueva York y quizás en todo el país. Pasear por el High Line Park es una experiencia diferente a cualquier otra en Nueva York. Flotando a 8 metros sobre las calles, a la vez vinculado a la vida de la calle y lejos de ella.

Galería Fotográfica (National Geographic)




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