We Walk the High Line, Part II

October 26, 2016

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Like Johnny Cash, we walk the line and, if you want to see the High Line from the beginning, take a look at last week’s blog (10/19).

The High Line is a great place to stroll, sit, sunbathe, read or simply “people watch”

MOVING DOWN FROM 23RD STREET

At 23rd Street there’s an interesting piece of sculpture in the form of a small car that intrigued me but there was no description of this piece. I know this because I walked around it three times looking for a sign.

Not so at 18th Street where one suddenly comes upon a huge sign saying, “Beyond This Point You May Encounter Nude Sunbathers.” I stopped in my tracks (so did many others) and said to myself, “They must be kidding.” They were – it was a joke. Later on I saw the same sign in the area where various goods and food items are sold.

 

At 18th Street on the High Line you will see this sign – it’s a joke

Below 14th Street the crowd thins out quite a bit. There’s an elevator at 14th Street and 16th, 23rd and 30th as well as at the very end (Gansevoort Street). Looking down from the High Line here offers an excellent view of Bubby’s restaurant that, for me, brings back memories.

 

The very end of the High Line (below 14th Street at Gansevoort) overlooks Bubby’s restaurant

The last time I was there, my friend took one look at the check and said, “Well, we just spent $100 for two burgers.” I found this very funny and a bit of an exaggeration because we also had drinks, dessert and coffee. But we still refer to it – jokingly – as “the joint where we had two burgers for $100.” The food, by the way, is quite good but the place is always jumping. It’s not exactly quiet, restful dining.

There is also a building right at the end that says, “High Line Headquarters – the Diller-Von Furstenberg Building.” This also brings back memories. I interviewed Von Furstenberg in her Park Avenue apartment ages ago and found her to be very charming and extremely smart. Recently, she was quoted as saying, “Everyone knows I married a prince and a billionaire.”

LEAVING THE HIGH LINE: LOOKING AROUND

After leaving the High Line at Gansevoort Street I decided to cut across Little West 12th Street and immediately came across a Tory Burch boutique [see Adea’s blog, An Entrepreneur with Six Children]. Her products are everywhere: in more than 120 Tory Burch boutiques and over 3,000 department/specialty stores worldwide.

GOING NORTH TO CHELSEA MARKET

From everything I’ve read, this market, located at Ninth Avenue and 15th Street is extremely popular with visitors to the High Line. It’s a fun, lively spot that has a diversified selection of shops and restaurants. One of my favorites is Anthropologie – right inside the front door.

 

Inside the Chelsea Market at 15th Street and Ninth Avenue – this spot offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants with delicious food

THE RETURN TRIP

Stepping out from the Chelsea Market one cannot miss the GOOGLE building that is directly across the street. It’s at this point that I should have hailed a cab and headed home. But no, I walked and made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s located at Sixth Avenue and 21st Street for my all-time favorite salad dressing: Asian Style, Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette.

Then I walked all the way up to Park Avenue and 34th, had a huge mug of coffee with one of Trader Joe’s Orange Cranberry Tea Scones and did something that I haven’t done since I was four years old.

I took a late afternoon nap.

BREAKING NEWS…

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Shaun Nelson-Henrick

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Karen Armitage
Karen Armitage

October 27, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed part one and two of this blog especially the tips to make the journey doable and enjoyable.
As an avid walker will definitely add this attraction to my to do list on my next trip to New York.
Coffee and a scone at Trader Joe’s a bonus.

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