Last month, I was fortunate enough to visit a good friend who lives in New York. She suggested we see a couple of places in the short time that we had: The High-Line, and the 9/11 Memorial. Here are the highlights:
The High Line
The High Line is an elevated freight rail line that’s been transformed into a free, public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. I have to say it is the coolest thing; one of the sets of rails has been replaced with a promenade, and the other remains but is planted with trees, shrubs and flowers. It’s a surprising green escape from the grey streets below. And I loved that people are out using it; on the day I visited, kids from an inner-city school were up there enjoying the freedom and beauty of it on a lovely fall day.
My friend and I didn’t have time to visit the Museum itself, but we did take some moments to slowly walk around the two fountains in south Manhattan that sit squarely on the site of each of the former Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. This is known as the National September 11 Memorial. The names of those killed are etched in stone all around each fountain, and the water seems to disappear into the earth. It’s very moving.
Just beside the Memorial is the newly built One World Centre, a beautiful tower that, in effect, replaces the former World Trade Center. It’s a beacon of hope for the future.