Sunday 5 August 2012: On the High Line
Another fabulous day in the big Apple! Today we set off for the High Line, a new elevated urban trail on 1-1/2 miles of abandoned train track through Manhattan's west side. Many native flowers, grasses, and trees line the path which passes by some historic and some brand new buildings in sight of the Hudson River. (here the long brick building is the "London Terrace" the largest most luxurious apartment building in the world in 1930. The brick building to the right is the "General Theological Seminary, the oldest episcopal seminary in the country designed to resemble a traditional English University, built in the 1820s . And surely you recognize that tall spire in back) And there are artworks which rotate after 1 year. It's pretty original and fun- makes one want to slow down in this frenzied city.
Here are my 2 longtime friends B and N around 21st street in Chelsea. B (black shirt) is a University of Pennsylvania Professor of Social Policy who has enormous energy for the classes she teaches and the research she does. It's her students that are going to make sure we have a better health care policy! (among other things). She's written a book "Jobs Aren't Enough"and is now working on another about the meaning of work.
N (pink shirt) is a creative writer who has written lots of stories for various publications and a novel, "Victoria's Quest" and is thinking about a sequel. She is a great poet too and she and I have had some really fun collaborations with her words and my illustrations. We 'll do more. :-)
We had so much fun here - I'm caught up now with all work and play and family/kid/grandkid news - we managed to do something everyone wanted to do - walked many neighborhoods on the lower end of Manhattan and never had a bad meal! We feel so fortunate to be able to spend this time together! Tonight we gave a toast for the U of Michigan,
This afternoon we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A little rain tonight cooled the air just a little bit!
Perfect! Tomorrow we return to life as usual....