Our visit to New York also included some down time to explore the wonderful culture and gems that the city has to offer.

One of which that we were particularly keen to experience was the city’s amazing High Line. For those of you who are not familiar with The High Line, it is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. The freight line lay derelict for many years and nature slowly turned this industrial landscape into a tranquil retreat. The wonderful people at Friends of the High Line have since redeveloped and landscaped this area turning it into a tranquil haven, for all to enjoy.

From a designers point of view it’s a visual paradise of design inspiration. This hidden gem is filled with lush botanicals and colourful flora. It engages many of your senses from the sweet scent of magnolia to the velvet leaves of the foliage. It offers a calm and peaceful retreat right in the heart of the bustling city. We took plenty of inspirational photos (so keep an eye out for our new inspired tropical and botanical designs!)

The High Line offers so much more than just some foliage and quirky concept. The garden areas have amazing art installations, offers a whole variety of events from tours, Tai Chi to meditation and star gazing (through high powered telescopes, dusk -9pm every Tuesday evening). The views across the water to New Jersey are especially beautiful when the sun is setting. Situated on the doorstep of Hell’s Kitchen district you have the advantage of being surrounded by amazing restaurants and bars where you can nourish the appetite that you are likely to build after this peaceful 1.45 mile long stroll.

If you have not yet had the privilege of visiting this hidden gem then pop a note in your diary for your next trip. We highly recommend it!! For all those who have visited The High Line before we are confident you would agree that this is an amazing resource to have in such a diverse city.

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