highline3To start my Labor Day weekend, I headed for a late afternoon walk on the High Line in New York. Since it opened shortly after I returned to the US in 2009, the High Line park has become my favorite spot in Manhattan–and I’m not the only person in the area who thinks it’s the best place in the city.

The old elevated train line that runs near the Hudson River provides great views of the New York skyline along with Jersey City and Hoboken across the way.

Great views of the Empire State Building along the way

Great views of the Empire State Building along the way

The overgrown vegetation on the walk from Gansevoort to 30th St. makes the High Line feel like an oasis away from the city, even though there are plenty of reminders that Manhattan surrounds you.highline-railway

Just past the Chelsea Market, there’s a great spot for New York street theater as the High Line crosses 10th Ave. Whenever I stop at this section of the park, I watch the people sitting and watching traffic flow below.

Best street theater in New York

Best street theater in New York

For those who want to enjoy a bit more than just the view, there are some food vendors and even a bar on the High Line (the bar was rather crowded when I walked by on Friday). There are also plenty of benches and lounge chairs to enjoy the weather and views.

The lawn is a great place to sit and read

The lawn is a great place to sit and read