THE HIGH LINE
A complete antidote is the Highline. If you haven’t already been, it’s really worth a visit. Formerly known as the West Side Elevated Line. The freight route brought millions of tons of food into Manhattan.
The line was closed in the 80s & after decades of disuse it was going to be demolished, but Joshua David and Robert Hammond (who founded Friends of the High Line) had a vision to make this unique place into a public space. It’s now one, continuous, 1.45-mile-long greenway featuring 500+ species of plants and trees. It’s free and open to all.
You can recognise the hand of the Piet Oudolf in the planting designs. The soft drifts of grasses and perennials are such a contrast to the hard lines of the distant skyscrapers.