With one exception.
I'd heard about the High Line park, and knew it was something I wanted to see and figured Keith would, too. We weren't disappointed.
As trains ceased using the High Line, nature asserted itself on this man-made structure, and plants took over the right-of-way. To telescope the story (which you can read in far more detail here) neighborhood residents initiated and the City then joined their efforts to successfully pursue reuse of the High Line as a park, instead of demolishing the structure as some advocated. The first section of the High Line opened to the public in June 2009.
The result? The High Line is now a big draw for residents and visitors alike.
What can you do? Walk, sit, take in close-up views of the adjacent buildings, adjoining neighborhoods, and more distant vistas. Eat. (Among a number of vendors, Oakland's renowned Blue Bottle Coffee has a seasonal operation on the High Line.) Take in the art.
The High Line is a popular place, so if it's a nice day going early is wise in order to avoid crowds. Normal operation is daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., but you should check ahead of time to be sure.
The High Line website is rich with detail including images both of the contemporary High Line and its history.
Here are some more photos of the High Line.
Approaching the High Line, westbound on West 14th Street. Note how the structure goes into the building on the left. This was how it was built in the 1930s to directly serve businesses.
Though it's hard to tell from this picture, a hip and trendy hotel (The Standard) straddles and towers over the High Line. Believe me, this place has incredible views!