Today the elevated gardens of the High Line stretch from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street - 1.45 miles of beautiful walkways and gardens inspired by Paris’ Promenade Plantée. The gardens of mostly native plants change throughout the seasons with dogwood, magnolia, phlox, star of Persia and other Spring ephemerals blooming now.
Once the tracks were covered with a vast wild, garden - something only intrepid trespassers and a few fourth floor apartment dwellers could appreciate until The Friends of the High Line prevailed in collaborating with the city to turn it into an accessible city park. A hike along the High Line is a great way to gain a new perspective on the city. Note not just the flowers but the grasses, trees, climbing vines, insects, birds, tourists and futurist architecture.
Take one of New York City Naturalist Leslie Day's field guides with you to identify the flora and fauna. Although not quite as immersive an experience as the endless lap pool originally suggested by Viennese Natalie Rinne or a three-hour Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese "forest bath"), it is definitely a great place to unwind in the middle of the city.