Exploring the High Line

The Shadows

The Shadows © 2011 Bo Mackison

Sherpa and I paused on one of the stairway entrances to High Line Park in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City. The High Line  is on Manhattan’s West Side. The first section, a mile long, opened as a public park in June 2009. The second section, which added another stretch a half-mile long, opened in June 2011 and runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets.

Walking the High Line

Walking the High Line © 2011 Bo Mackison

The original High Line was built in the 1930s as part of a massive transportation project. It removed dangerous trains from one of Manhattan’s largest industrial districts by raising the tracks thirty feet in the air. The High Line was abandoned in 1980.

Friends of the High Line, a neighborhood group, and  the City of New York work in a partnership to preserve and support this hugely popular public park. (Last year 2.2 million people used the park.)

Seating on the High Line

Seating on the High Line © 2011 Bo Mackison

The park features an artfully designed landscape which combines a meandering concrete pathway with natural plantings – trees, wildflowers, grasses. A variety of seating, both movable chairs and built-in benches, is scattered along the walks, specially designed lighting illuminates the walking paths, and water features provide opportunities for splashing and cooling off in warmer weather.

The High Line also features both permanent and temporary art installations. Photographs will be in the next High Line post.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  One of her favorite autumn destinations in New York City is the High Line Park in Chelsea. Urban renewal at its best.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. you are at publishing level. great work Bo

  2. These benches are incredible!! So wonderfully integrated into the landscape.

  3. Joanne Keevers says:

    The shadows of you and Sherpa are great Bo. You had just the right amount of light. 🙂

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