On Monday morning we left (part of) our heart in San Francisco and headed off to chilly New York.
The long flight was a chance to catch up with some blogging. A new inflight broadband service allowed me to join the blogging version of the Mile High Club!
We arrived at our Sohotel hotel in Soho late evening, grabbed some unbelievably good pasta nearby in Little Italy, slept soundly and set off on Tuesday morning to explore the High Line in the Meat Packing District. The High Line was an operational elevated railway line until the early 1980s. A shipment of frozen turkeys was apparently the last cargo to be carried on its tracks! Instead of dismantling the railway line local conservation groups lobbied to have it preserved and transformed into open park space for hemmed-in New Yorkers. So glad they did.With the Chelsea Markets located at the High Line on West 15th this is a must-do for all garden-loving foodies.
locals and tourists enjoy some hard-to-find sunshine
The railway line was concreted and planted with grasses and shrubs. About two-thirds of the line has been completed.
the past provides structure for the present and the future
flowers amongst the concrete and steel
Parts of the High Line have been glassed in allowing visitors to experience the eery sensation of floating above the New York traffic
A section of the High Line at 10th Ave
Pop into the Chelsea Markets and do like the sign says and pack your picnic here
The markets occupy about half a block of old warehouses
Most of the original fittings, and pipes and brick facades have been retained
There was an exhibition showcasing recycled Christmas decorations
From afar it looks like an expensive high-tech wreath….
on closer inspection it is made up of dozens of old CDs
This seafood joint contained an array of crustaceans and fins I had never seen before
Everything was displayed so immaculately
the freshest lobster…
with a home-style butcher next door…
New Yorkers want to know everything about their meat
where it came from….
how old it was and was it happy when it died
New Yorkers are still in love with their cupcakes
loved these Sesame Street inspired ones
but this was my favourite