TAKING THE HIGH LINE IN NYC

The High Line has become one of New York's key tourist attractions, and very popular with the locals too. A disused and abandoned railtrack was transformed by urban designers into a public walkway, outdoor art gallery and "elevated park" thirty feet above the streets of Manhattan.

The High Line runs 1.45 miles (2.33 km) from the Meatpacking District on the Lower West Side through to Chelsea in Midtown.

As well as a great view of the NYC skyline, there is art to see along the way.

Plenty of greenery is on view, with more than 500 varieties of trees, grasses and flowers planted.

Benches every few steps provide respite from all the walking.

Some residents take the opportunity to make statements, political or otherwise, visible to the passers-by...

The High Line is an escape from the traffic and urban hustle and bustle of New York. But not too much of an escape - with over 8 million visitors annually, you are guaranteed not to be alone up there!

Photos by Angela Peters