Our first stop was the High Line. A quick history: It all started back in 1847, when the City of New York authorized street-level railroad tracks right here on Manhattan’s industrial West Side. Years of accidents between freight trains and street level traffic resulted in the West Side Improvement Project, a makeover that lifted tracks thirty feet into the air, allowing trains to roll directly into nearby factories and warehouses. Starting in 1934, trains travelled the High Line for almost 50 years, free to come and go without causing street-level traffic or safety hazards. Drops in railroad traffic led to the High Line’s closing in 1980, leaving the historic structure under threat of demolition. For years, community activists and High Line supporters fought together to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park, finally gaining the City’s support in 2002. Construction on the park began in 2006, lasting all the way until this summer. The project has left the High Line transformed, with its history still preserved.
Next, we stopped for a breather in the lobby of The Standard hotel. We haven’t gotten around to staying here yet, but I would love to! (Keep reading for a special offer!) In addition to having two restaurants, The Standard Grille & Biergarten, the Standard also has a lobby bar (The Living Room) and a rooftop bar. The views of the Hudson are supposed to be incredible, so this place is on my must-visit for the summer.