The High Line in New York City’s Chelsea

Hey everyone.  Yesterday I was picking up my girlfriend down in Chelsea in New York City, and we had 10 or 15 minutes so we decided to walk up to the High Line.  I always wanted to check this place out but I never really had a chance.  I figured that I had my Leica M9 (which can be found here at Amazon or here at Adorama) with me, so I might as well go check it out.

For those who don’t know, the High Line is a 1 mile long park built on the former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line.  This line runs along the lower west side of Manhattan.

It’s a greenway with my different types of plants, trees, and places to sit and even have a picnic.  It’s really a unique and creative way to recycle these old railroad tracks.  Seriously, it’s kind of cool.  IMO, it’s not as busy as some of the other parks in New York City can get, especially during the weekends, so that’s a definite plus in my book.  The High Line also offers many photographic opportunities (man, I wish I had some Leica wide angle lenses…) so if you’re going to check it out, you should definitely bring your camera.  If you’re visiting New York City, the High Line will definitely offer you new angles or looks to photograph other than the typical tourist shot of New York City.  Here’s a map from the High Line official site:

So I didn’t get many shots since I was there for such a short time but this is what I got.  I’m definitely planning on taking some more photos of the High Line soon, and will definitely post them.  All photos were shot with my Leica M9, my 50 Summilux Asph, and my 35 Summicron Asph.  Enjoy :).

↑ The High Line goes through many of the buildings in Chelsea, so you can get an in depth view of them.  This was shot with the 35 Summicron Asph.

↑ Here’s another photo showing how the walkway goes through Chelsea.  This was shot with the 35 Summicron Asph as well.


↑ Here’s a view of 23rd St. This shot was taken with the 35 Summicron Asph.

↑ Flowers and plants surround the High Line walkway.  This was shot with my 50 Summilux wide open.

↑ I love shooting flowers…maybe I should get a DSLR ;).  This was shot with my 50 Summilux Asph.

↑ I think the contrast between the nature feel that the flowers and plants produce vs. the city feel that the buildings produce really say New York.  It’s cool that you can feel like you’re out in nature but still feel like you’re in the city.  This was shot with my 50 Summilux Asph wide open. 

↑ It’s cool that they grew plants, and flowers up here in the High Line but they also grew grass.  We saw people having picnics up here.  This was shot with my 50 Summilux Asph.

↑ Here’s a grainy one for you grain lovers.  I love shooting tourists for some reason :).  This was shot with my 35 Summicron Asph. 

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