The High Line, Chelsea Market + West Village
September 10, 2013
Hey all, today I wanted to share a few snaps of my latest visit to New York City. I asked for suggestions and you all delivered! One of the most repeated recommendations was to walk the High Line and Chelsea Market, two places I hadn’t visited yet. Thank you! It was such a pleasure exploring these two (and the West Village) for an entire day.
I started at the northern end of the High Line at 30th Street and worked my way south to the end, and I definitely recommend this walk. The history of the High Line is so interesting, the unused railroad tracks were scheduled for demolition but together with the City of New York, a preservation society has reinvented the old train tracks and turned them into a park elevated above the city streets where visitors and locals stroll along or just hang out.
What’s cool is as you walk the mile long promenade you look down into the Meatpacking and Chelsea neighborhoods and you’ll see modern street art and sculpture with views to the Hudson River and Chelsea Piers.
At the end I doubled back and headed to Chelsea Market, an indoor bazaar that combines eateries, gourmet purveyors, specialty home shops, pop up shops with designer sample sales, and an Anthropologie! Browsing it makes for a great afternoon stroll but come hungry. (The vibe reminded me a lot of the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace.)
I also strolled around the West Village for a few hours, it’s one of my favorite places to be in NYC, I love the shops, cafes, and neighborhoods, it’s quieter here than busy uptown, midtown, or the financial district.
I stopped into my favorite place for vintage glass The End of History on Hudson Street and bought myself a small gold and white vase, you’ll see it somewhere in my house soon!
A few other worthy adventures I’d recommend based on our recent visit!
- Rent bikes on the street and take a ride through a park or neighborhood, we took a leisurely ride through Central Park and it was fantastic. Citibikes are all over the city and you can easily rent them for a day.
- Look up NYC Street Fairs for the schedule and find out where they’re happening across the city, they’re worth a visit for discount shopping and quick bites.
- Take a stroll through Chinatown and the local Columbus Park where the community gathers on weekends to play games and music, it’s a great cultural scene.
- Shop till you drop in SoHo for clothing, shoes, or home decor (it’s also where I spied this cool staircase) and then walk a few blocks over to Little Italy to dine at one of the many cafes.
- Go to a show! We went to Sleep No More after reading a few reviews because it sounded so intriguing. It was definitely a different kind of theater experience, but we did have a great time. I won’t spoil it for any of you but I can only describe it as “Hitchcock directing a film noir version of Macbeth in a haunted hotel with a 1920′s jazz club”.
- Walk or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for great views which we did. One reader recommended the River Cafe underneath with view of Manhattan, and of course many of you recommended many stops in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Flea! (It’s at the top of our list for our next visit.)
Thank you so much for your recommendations, it was a great trip and I can’t wait to come back soon. I have dreams of living in NYC someday even if just for a month or two, the energy, the people, the food, and the activities keep me longing to return.
While on the topic of New York City, I recognize that tomorrow is September 11th which is always a hard day and one of remembrance. I’ve written about where I was on that day and last year shared a few images and reflections of 1 WTC. May we never forget.
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