Our final day in New York, for this trip, saw us back on the train from Linden to Penn Station heading for a most unusual park, but not before we admired these impressive murals in the station.
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The park in question stretches for almost 1.5 miles through New York, but is only about 15 feet wide! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s called the High Line which is a disused elevated train line that has been re-purposed as a public space. There are several points where you can climb up into the park and we joined it at W 23rd Street, catching a sight of these critters atop the art gallery just before we got to the stairs
The High Line itself is a very pleasant walk and plenty of people were enjoying it in the morning sunshine. We headed South en route to our next stop, and enjoyed the plants and shrubs and artwork. There are even benches which can be pushed together because they ride on the rails which have been left in place at some points of the park. Once you get to 10th Avenue, the High Line turns and crosses over the street and there are seats with a panoramic window so you watch the world go by below and see way off into the distance down the arrow straight street.
Our next stop was a quick photo opportunity, and definitely a Stacey addition -we had to go to 66 Perry St. Didn’t mean anything to me either, but if you are a fan of Sex in the City, it’s the door to Carrie’s apartment apparently. Clearly it gets a fair number of visitors as there is a chain across the steps to dissuade people from going up to the door or sitting on the steps for photos. If you’re a fan, there are several tours available that take you to all the key locations used in the TV show and the film.
After Perry St. we were headed to something we had found on Atlas Obscura– the smallest piece of private property in New York, the Hess Triangle. It takes a special kind of stubbornness to mosaic a tiny piece of ground with the message “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes.” The irony is it is directly outside a shop and IS used by the public every day!
After a quick refreshment stop for coffee we headed to Washington Square Park which contains Washington Arch that was built in 1892 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as president. The park was packed with people enjoying the sunshine and playing chess on the tables with boards imprinted on them, as well as playing in the fountain to keep cool.
An unplanned stop came up next as en route to the Flatiron Building we walked past a Lego store. Well we had to pop in didn’t we? Lego is awesome and there were displays of models, as well as quite a few displays made of Lego that don’t come as a kit, including a huge mural that occupied most of the windows out onto the street.
Continuing on we arrived at the Flatiron building for a photo stop. The point of the building is so pointed that unless you look head on, it almost look like just one face of a building rather than being three dimensional. Across the road we entered Madison Square Park on our way to our final stop of the day, but first we spotted the Eternal Light Flagstaff a monument to the returning US Army and Navy who were received here after WWI. The base of the monument mentions the Somme which we had visited the previous year on our Western Front road trip.
Leaving the park we arrived at our final sight for this trip, another Atlas Obscura find; an annotated map of Auschwitz I carved into a pillar that was added to the Supreme Court on Madison Avenue in 1990. The map is surrounded by the message “Indifference to Injustice…Is the Gateway to Hell” and the map itself shows the position of the Commandant’s House, the Gas Chamber, the Execution Wall and the Torture Chamber. It’s a strange memorial carved into a recently added pillar on a court building and most people probably walk past without giving it a second glance.
And so our weekend in New York came to a close, with lots left to do and every reason to come back at some point in the future…
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