From the moment it opened, we (and everybody else) loved the High Line–a park space born of a 1930s elevated railway. They recently opened part two, doubling the park’s length, and I can’t believe how long it has taken us to head over and see the second segment. But Saturday, after a full day in the classroom, Ashley and I made it over for dinner and a stroll: we started at The Lot, an outdoor public plaza beneath the High Line serving beer from Colicchio & Sons and food from rotating trucks.
Maybe it was a Saturday Night effect, but The Lot was a major scene. Ashley said we were probably five years too old, four years too married, and eight months too pregnant to really fit in–but we did our best. We decided to try the dumplings based on the short wait-time and were most impressed with the chicken and basil ones–the peanut dipping sauce was great. The line for the Kimchi taco truck was insane, but luckily we ran into some friends who had been waiting in line and who let us add-on to their order. Personally, I’d take Korean double-fried chicken or Bbq over the tacos, but it was a cool concept.
After dinner we walked through Rainbow City–a temporary art installation–for some dessert before heading up to the High Line.
And just as we got up there, the sun dipped below the cloud layer and the pathway was illuminated in light!
The High Line is an amazing public space; we loved the new section. The second part is particularly narrow, and so it was packed! The night we walked it, the crowd seemed to be flowing opposite us, thankfully.
But overall, we agreed that it’s incredible to see the public so excited about a new green space and fascinating to watch the park’s effect on the neighborhood. There is something wonderful about how this revamped industrial railway and its surrounding (ugly) rooftops somehow look more perfect when you’re seeing them in the context of reimagined, landscaped pathways–filled with beautiful people and golden light.