The High Line, the BeltLine, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

The High Line: on this year’s trip to New York, we finally got to see it greening up for spring.

High Line Park NYC - from the Whitney Museum

From a balcony at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The High Line: a 1.45 mile long park in New York City, created on a stretch of elevated railway that was no longer used. 

High Line Park NYC - spring

Looking back toward the Whitney. I love it that pieces of the old railroad track are incorporated into the landscaping. 

High Line Park NYC - spring blooms

The daffodils were blooming. That’s a first for us, after the last two years when we traveled in March and were blessed with snow.

At home in Atlanta, we have the BeltLine, not elevated like the High Line, but destined to be much longer. It’s a proposed loop of around 22 miles of trails planned to connect 45 neighborhoods. Here’s Sam on a rainy day last fall. It was one of the days with lots of hurricane-engendered rain, and for a while we were the only ones out braving the storm.

Atlanta BeltLine - stormy day

The BeltLine already needs a new lane. It’s often mobbed. Between speeding bicycles and people with dogs on long leashes making trip-wires, it can be difficult to walk safely.

There’s lots of art along the way, and landscaping is coming along nicely. These are from a sunnier day —Atlanta BeltLine - morning glory Atlanta BeltLine - grasses

Turning disused rail lines into walking trails is not a new idea. Years (decades) ago, when the trains no longer came through my small hometown, there was a plan to remove the rails and ties and make the railroad line into a walking trail. I’d already moved away, so I’m not sure what became of that, but I think it would have been hard to keep the trails going. For example, they were fragmented by the removal of two of the three railroad bridges. Here’s one that stayed,  (I think it’s still there) —

NH railroad bridge

The bridge on the other end of town is a background in this next photo, a family history photo now — the girl wearing glasses is my mother at 16.

When I was growing up there, we walked on the railroad tracks, played on the bridges (gasp!) and along the way, picked berries and asparagus that grew beside the tracks. With all these railroad track paths, it sounds like I’ve spent my life walking railroad lines, doesn’t it?

Do you have a favorite rail line path?

More on the Manhattan High Line  Wow – I see you can adopt a plant. I’m considering… I’d want to see updates on mine though, and maybe visit it each year to check on progress and be allowed to give it a little compost treat.

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14 thoughts on “The High Line, the BeltLine, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

    • Thanks Mickey – on the High Line, I think it’s a relief not to have to share the walking path with bicycles. Also a plus for us tourists that it begins (or ends, depending on your perspective) right at the Whitney. Their gallery walk/tours are excellent. We loved the Grant Wood retrospective that’s there now.

  1. Lovely to hear you had a nice trip to NYC. I’ve always wanted to visit it, and am looking to do a few days there at some point. Trails are interesting. As you mention, they can come and go, be it a natural trail or manmade one. I’ve walked on a concrete manmade one here in Melbourne heading into the city, and I really do prefer bush trails for the tranquility and closeness to nature they bring 😊

    • I hope you make it to NYC, as you can see, I love going for many reasons – just beware the summer heat and winter storms. Your bush trails sound like a great walk, and it reminds me that I’ve been meaning to find some local nature trails to explore.

      • I don’t mind the summer heat at all…40’C is no problem for me and I don’t think it gets that hot in NYC. Hope you find some nice nature trails in your area 🙂

      • It sounds like you are good to go then – but it can be really humid, so on past trips, felt hotter to me than the thermometer read. Since we walked everywhere, I remember thinking I had melted by the time I got to a location with air conditioning. (nature trails, yes! starting with the Botanical Garden Saturday)

      • Actually I don’t mind humidity with heat at all, so I would be good to go 😀 But I heard getting around on foot is a good way to see NYC, but there is actually so much to see and I’ll probably need to pace myself 😀😀

      • Yes, pacing yourself is necessary. We walk a lot, and only take the subway if we have to (up to the Met Cloisters, for example). Our fitness bands told us our max day for this trip was just over 20,000 steps. Next time we’ll try to see a few more things that are further out, where we haven’t been yet. I look forward to hearing about when you go! — Sandy

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