The High Line is a park that was created on an old elevated subway line that has been out of service for decades. Guiliani wanted to demo it.
Pretty glass, right? The locals fought against for a while, too, until they realized that this park upped everyone's property value by ten percent. Here are more pictures at National Geographic.
I took a ridiculous number of pictures of the interior of this joint, because I'm a huge sucker for industrial loft spaces. Exposed brick and rusty beams! I need a cold shower.
We ate fancy cookies and fancy sushi. And then, because we had not eaten enough, we took the subway down to Chinatown for steamed vegetable dumplings.
UPDATE: Corrections by my Urban Planner Buddy. "It was a regular train line, not a subway. It used to bring food from upstate to the market that used to be right by the meatpacking district and before that it was in what is today tribeca. The train used to be at grade level but lots of people got killed so they elevated it. It delivered its last run in the 1980s I think – frozen turkeys. Now everything comes by truck. (did a few lectures on it and the meatpacking district, gansevoort st etc…)"