It's maddening that when so many people flock to NYC from other states and countries, they wind up in Times Square. The sidewalk-to-sky advertisements, the bad restaurants, the shitty stores—it presents a sickly face that reflects poorly on the city. That's why the High Line, a re-purposed section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad, is necessary. It attracts just as many tourists, meaning you'll still feel hemmed in walking above Chelsea, but instead of billboards, there's green. There are plants. Living things. It's a real urban park that won't make you hate humanity.
Walking the High Line