The High Line is an elevated railway recycle transformed into a public park on Manhattan's West Side.
Rev: "In the cold winter months, there are far fewer tourists clogging the pathways. It's well worth an early morning visit to enjoy an elevated jog above the city!"
After years of public debate about the hazard, in 1929 the city and the state of New York and the New York Central Railroad agreed on the West Side Improvement Project, which included the High Line. The 13-mile project eliminated 105 street-level railroad crossings and added 32 acres to Riverside Park. It cost over $150 million, about $2 billion in 2009 dollars.
Rev: "Lucky to find a sunny day (still only 32 def F/0 deg C) but walked the Highline which was one of the highlights on 2 week NY trip. Will have to come back in Summer and re-walk it. Great views of city and very well laid out on existing EL."
Rev: "We go to the High Line as often as we can. It's a beautiful spot for a walk. And it's nice to get off the streets for a little peace and quiet every once in a while. Love it!"
So, what IS the High Line? Think of it as a boardwalk, but instead of running along the ocean and beach, it runs along the Hudson River. It also runs in between and under various high-rise buildings, a route that provides it with a city feeling that few boardwalks have."
One word of warning, as with any boardwalk locale near water, this place will no doubt be cold in the winter, so dress warm if that's the time you have to go. And in summer, where a hat because there's little in the way of shade for most of its length."
Rev: "Get a cup of coffee and walk the whole line from about 12th st to the 30ths with lots of entrances and exits. Good sculpture and people watching."
Rev: "Entered at 30th Street between 11th and 12th avenues...wonderful walk along the "top" of 10th Avenue. Highly recommend in sunshine or in rain (we had both). Good access and the Gansevoort exit puts you right into Greenwich Village. The Friends of the High Line had great vision and they are to be commended...can hardly wait to see the extension west and north."
Rev: "Don't miss this Manhattan delight, vivid artery flowing thru Chelsea to West Village. A charming piece of modernity keeping disappearing history still living. Beautiful 360 degrees view , very romantic and so exciton, I love this place so much !"
Rev: "New York City's High Line provides a delightful diversion from the city's street-level stresses and concrete format. Tourists and locals alike can reconnect with nature through the innovative transformation of abandoned elevated-train platforms into a public park with unique landscaping designs, benches and tables, even some vendors along the reclaimed route through several west-side neighborhoods. The areas below are themselves experiencing a revitalization where you can find many new restaurant offerings and boutiques around the High Line's various entry/exit points. Fun and free!"
On June 13, 2005, the U.S. Federal Surface Transportation Board issued a certificate of interim trail use, allowing the City to remove most of the line from the national railway system. On April 10, 2006, Mayor Bloomberg presided over a ceremony that marked the beginning of construction.
Rev: "I was a bit skeptical to walk the high line in December (when it was freezing outside!), but once I got up there I forgot all about the temperature. It was gorgeous. Beautiful trees and plants, stunning design from the benches to the look out points. It is well worth a stroll any time of year."
Rev: "The High Line is an old railway above the streets of Chelsea (West-Village). It is turned into a park and you can have a really nice walk between the popular and hip Meatpacking District and Midtown Manhattan. From the line you have great views at the city. It's a pity the line is (at this moment) so short. It would be great to have this stroll all the way to uptown Manhattan."
Rev: "Absolutely fabulous interactive regeneration of disused elevated railway line. Even in winter and very cold weather was a great walk. Loved the viewing platforms over the streets below. Loved looking into windows at that level and getting a glimpse of life in the meat packer district. Combine with a trip to Chelsea markets and the meatpacker district"
The park's attractions include naturalized plantings that are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the disused tracks and new, often unexpected views of the city and the Hudson River.
Rev: "We've followed the development of the High Line for more than a decade. We first visited soon after it opened and have been back several times since. It's a great place for a leisurely walk, looking around both near and far.You feel you're both away from the city and immersed in the West Side. Great plantings for all seasons, seating areas, art and sculpture. Fabulous views of the Hudson River waterfront. Lots of interesting people young and old, from the neighborhood and all over the world. Go to walk, or bring along something to read and just hang out.Lots of restaurants along 10th Avenue if you get hungry."
Rev: "The highline is nice, a good view down on the city and a nice walk after any of the number of restaurants in Chelsea. One of the few free romantic things to do in the city. Great place to eavesdrop or people watch as well."
Rev: "The High Line is an amazing project walking on a disused elevated railway line above the city. In the summer there are stalls selling ice pops made from the herbs grown on the High Line. Go now."
Rev: "Amazed to see how they came up with the idea. Love the way the place was recycled to become a park to relax and hang out. Wish more cities would do this."
Rev: "We walk the high line every time we are in New York. Such a great idea to make such use of the (no longer in use) train. It takes you directly into meatpacking district which is always a good place to stop for a drink or bite."
Residents who have bought apartments next to the High Line have adapted to its presence in varying ways. For the most part though, their responses are positive.
Rev: "Yes, the locals hate us for recommending this and I might hate myself too because it has gotten more crowded each time we go, but this is one of those great New York experiences that shouldn't be missed. How can you pass up old rain tracks turned into a walking part? It is a site to be seen, the flowers/gardens are beautiful and the people watching is first rate."
Several cities also have plans to renovate some railroad infrastructure into park land, including Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago, where the Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7 mile-long linear park on former railroad infrastructure, will run through several neighborhoods.
Rev: "The landscape and views change with the seasons. Worth a visit anytime of year to get a different perspective of NYC. Dedicated volunteers keep the extensive "gardens" tidy and beautiful year round. What took several years to achieve by a couple of steadfast men is now a tribute to the ultimate reuse and recycle mantra: Rails to Trails. and a fabulous place to take a fair weather stroll."
Rev: "When you walk the high Line you will get a totally different perspective of new york. Do stop and walk down into some of the neighborhoods. There is a great little restaurant at the bottom of a stair way in the high teens called Le Luncheonette. Different times of year give you a different feeling, but it is enjoyable whenever you go."
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Secluded beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor,
which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.
The location of the first European settlement in Australia, the harbour has continued to play a key role in the history and development of Sydney. The city itself lies on the southern shore. The Parramatta River forms the harbour's western arm. Many recreational events are based on or around the harbour itself particularly the Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations and the starting point of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Rev: "it is very beautiful and i want to live there because of that and many more attractions are there too nice city nice food nice people really love to go there again"
Rev: "Even though the day was overcast the River-cat trip up to Parramatta from Circular Quay was great. There was plenty of room on the boat, we stopped along the way for people to get off and on, there were some lovely old homes to look at on the way. A most enjoyable trip. We had to get a bus to finish the journey, as it was low tide but the bus was there waiting and included in the tariff. We then walked from the normal ferry stop to the railway and got the train back to the city"
Eighteen years later, on 21 January 1788, after arriving at Botany Bay, Governor Arthur Phillip took a longboat and two cutters up the coast to examine Cook's Port Jackson. Phillip first stayed over night at Camp Cove, then moved down the harbour, landing at Sydney Cove and then Manly Cove before returning to Botany Bay on the afternoon of the 24th. Phillip returned to Sydney Cove in H.M. Armed Tender Supply on 26 January 1788, where he established the first colony in Australia, later to become the city of Sydney.
Rev: "We had just landed from a 22 hour trip and took the coffee tour. It was the perfect way to begin seeing Sydney with this relaxing tour providing us a beautiful overview of the city."
Unable to free their submarine, the crew detonated charges to destroy it, killing themselves in the process. The anti-submarine boom net was demolished soon after World War II, and all that remains are the foundations of the old boom net winch house, which can be viewed on Green (Laings) Point, Watsons Bay. Today, that Japanese midget submarine remains on static display at the Australian War Memorial.
Rev: "Great restaurant,nice staff, tasty food, stand out quality and presentation. A bit expensive, overpriced, except that, all great."
Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres from top to water level. It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 meters wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.
Rev: "The Sydney Harbour is an exceptional site, and all areas surrounding it are worth exploring on foot! Do not skip the Rocks area and Darling Harbour as well!"
Rev: "A trip to Sydney wouldn't complete without having experience to walk around Sydney Harbour. Must go take picture at iconic Opera house and Harbour Bridge. Take a ferry Darling Harbour at least you could get the to take the picture of both in one frame on boat. Walking across the bridge from The Rocks to the other side really worth all the time and energy."
These three harbours extend from the single entrance (known as Sydney Heads (North and South Heads)). North Harbour is the shortest, and is really just a large bay extending to Manly. Middle Harbour extends to the north-west. It is bridged at The Spit and Roseville. Its headwaters lie in Garigal National Park. The longest arm, Sydney Harbour, extends west as far as Balmain, where it is fed by the estuaries of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers.
Rev: "Cruising around Sydney Harbour is one of the great visual experiences of a lifetime. I particularly enjoyed the iconic Sydney Bridge and Opera house."
Rev: "Sydney Harbor/Circular Quay area has many activities in one spot. There are many ferries one can catch to visit other parts of Sydney, the hop-on-off bus starts there, The Rocks bar/restaurant area abuts the harbor, The Opera House, and many more attractions."
Sydney Ferries is an agency of the New South Wales Department of Transport, providing ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia. Most ferry wharves, aside from those concentrated around the Central Business District, lie on the northern banks of the harbour, or on the southern bank, east of the Harbour Bridge.
Rev: "My young daughter and I often spend time in the city. We start at Luna park and then walk over the bridge. It has an amazing view and is full of history we have also walked at night there are security but may get a little hairy as in some parts it is dark just before the steps."
Rev: "The Sydnet Harbour is the best in the world. Not just the 'big bit', get in and around the inner harbour via the ferry system and you'll discover another world."
Rev: "Apart from being a very busy place, there is so much to see and do every day. Would highly recommend doing the Opera House tour which is only for an hour but so worth it."
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It is a must-visit for anyone who wants to pay their respects to the victims of 9/11.
Built of Manhattan mica-schist with brownstone quoins, St. Paul's has the classical portico, boxy proportions and domestic details that are characteristic of Georgian churches such as James Gibbs' London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, after which it was modelled. Its octagonal tower rises from a square base and is topped by a replica of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (c. 335 BC). Inside, the chapel's simple elegant hall has the pale colors, flat ceiling and cut glass chandeliers reminiscent of contemporary domestic interiors.
Rev: "When visiting Ground Zero you must take in this little gem!! You get a real sense of what occurred and it's not tacky or over dramatized. Quite emotional."
Rev: "This little church, no more than 400 metres to the world trade centre when 9/11 tragedy made a BIG contribution to many survivors, first responders, rescuers and all the other good people who went to give aid on that fateful day. The church staff and all the other volunteer organisations i.e. Salvation army and many more volunteer groups did a wonderful job looking after all rescue teams from all over the USA and fed, watered and provided all kinds of assistance and this chapel has to be visited to get the full impact of that terrible day."
The rear of St. Paul's Chapel faces Church Street, opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site. After the attack on September 11, 2001, which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site.
Rev: "So much history- George Washington attended church services at St Pauls for one year while NYC was the nations capitol. The huge role this church played in the aftermath of 9/11 is also quite amazing. It is part of the 9/11 walking tour- we highly suggest you take this tour offered. You will gain the most from your visit here (we had Rob as our guide and he told us so many pertinent stories about this church!)…the walking tour costs money but entry to the church is free!"
Rev: "I loved being at St Paul's not only for it's place in 9/11 but also for the history....it's the oldest surviving church in New York City. George Washington attended services there, and did so after his inauguration in 1789. Took a beautiful photo of Freedom Tower from the cemetery at St Paul's."
Rev: "Breathtaking, one of the things that surprised me most about my visit to New York is all the churches that pop up in the middle of a line of concrete buildings and skyscrapers.... a thing on wonder! and well worth a visit."
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It is a Library, With Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece
National Historic Landmark, containing more than six million books.
Rev: "Awesome place. The printed word deserves a home like this. Magnificent architecture and art pay tribute to man's greatest invention. Wonderful bookstore/gift shop, too."
Rev: "I love to take visitors to the main library at 42nd & Fifth because the exhibits are always interesting -- and free! The building itself is a marvel of old classic concepts of libraries, education, and learning. The Children's Book exhibit was beautifully done."
Rev: "The New York Public Library is the place to discover everything! Want to find Pooh Bear ... go inside! Want to see one of the most extensive collections of Dickens? Enter the front doors! The NY Public Library is guarded by wonderful lions that our children have loved forever. Go in and find your own set of lions in the gift shop. Stay in and look through the permanent collections ... see what is new too! Fabulous-one-of-a-kind adventure awaits you! Don't miss it on your next trip to Manhattan!"
They emphasized expertise, objectivity and a very broad world-wide range of knowledge in acquiring, preserving, organizing, and making available to the general population nearly 12 million books and 26.5 million additional items. The directors in turn reported to an elite board of trustees, chiefly elderly, well-educated, philanthropic, predominantly Protestant, upper-class white men with commanding positions in American society. They saw their role as protecting the library's autonomy from politicians as well as bestowing upon it status, resources, and prudent care.
Rev: "This building looks like a museum from the outside and certainly has some amazing architecture inside too. Staff are helpful and there are good directions inside to the areas you may need. We didn't spend long inside because you could easily lose a whole day in here and we didn't have the time. Worth a visit, however brief, just for the vastness of books and space."
For example, the Map Division's chief Walter Ristow became head of the geography section of the War Department's New York Office of Military Intelligence from 1942 to 1945. Ristow and his staff discovered copied and loaned thousands of strategic, rare or unique maps to war agencies in need of information not available through other sources.
Rev: "one of my favorite quiet spots indoors. It is not just the volumes there. One can spend hours just staring at the architecture. If you have children, the Children's library is a must, we well."
Following a competition among the city's most prominent architects, Carrère and Hastings was selected to design and construct the building. The cornerstone was laid in May 1902, and the building's completion was expected to be in three years. In 1910, 75 miles of shelves were installed, and it took a year to move and install the books that were in the Astor and Lenox libraries.
Rev: "One of the places to visit that is a must. Check out the ceilings and lighting they take your breath away. Strangely enough although probably the most famous library on the planet you can't check a book out but you can sit and read in such beautiful surroundings."
Rev: "I couldn't go to New York without seeing the library. Amazing. You need to see it, the building is a beauty. I could have sat in there all day but it was our last day so it was a quick visit.....well worth a look."
The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. Over the decades, the library system added branch libraries, and the research collection expanded until, by the 1970s, it was clear the collection eventually would outgrow the existing structure. In the 1980s the central research library added more than 125,000 square feet of space and literally miles of bookshelf space to its already vast storage capacity to make room for future acquisitions. This expansion required a major construction project in which Bryant Park, directly west of the library, was closed to the public and excavated. The new library facilities were built below ground level and the park was restored above it.
Rev: "Definitely a place to see in New York. Such a beautiful library, but you must remember, it's still a library and you shouldn't walk around speaking so loudly. People still go there to do there work. A gorgeous place to see."
Rev: "The building is facinating inside-out. The furniture and old lightings are amazing. For tourists, it's a nice place to take a break, sitting down at one of the desks staring at the beautiful ceiling after hours of shopping on the 5th! And it's got the best free wifi in NYC!"
Rev: "Book lovers will be delighted with the Library. The building is beside the lovely Bryant Park and both the exterior and interior are worth a closer look. But it is the shelves and shelves of books in a historic setting that are the highlight. When I was there, it was thanksgiving and a first edition of a Christmas Carol was on display, with handwritten notes by Charles Dickens in the margins. Brilliant."
Rev: "The NY Public Library is one of the gems of NYC. Of course you want to see the famous stone lions outside, and visit Bryant Park next door. In summer, it's a great place to sit and picnic. In winter, you can skate there, visit the holiday market stalls and people watch. Inside the library they always have wonderful exhibits-- and they're always free. We loved the exhibit on the History of Lunch, complete with old automat equipment. I've seen great exhibits on Blake, on Charles Dickens...Now there's a special show on children's books, also worth a visit. They even have a sweet little gift shop."
Unlike most other libraries, such as the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library was not created by government statute. From the earliest days of the New York Public Library, a tradition of partnership of city government with private philanthropy began, which continues to this day. As of 2010, the research libraries in the system are largely funded with private money, and the branch or circulating libraries are financed primarily with city government funds.