My Favorite City of All….
Growing up right next to New York, you cannot help but compare every city you visit to this one. After all, I was raised believing that it was THE city, and was surprised in my youth to learn that there were other cities in other states. I will always be partial to New York. No matter how beautiful or ancient a city is, it never quite lives up to everything Manhattan has to offer. It might not be the most beautiful city, or even the most historic, but it still has that special something about it, and will be the standard to which I hold every major metropolis I visit. You can eat, drink, party, shop, at any hour of the night. Indian, Mexican, American, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Ethiopian, any food you want at any hour. It is the heart of the world, buzzing at every corner, always pushing the edge of what it means to be modern, and still staying true to history and tradition. Lucky for me, it is practically my backyard! At any given moment I could be in NYC, taking anywhere from an hour to 20 minutes, so I spend many a spring and summer day just milling around. Yesterday I took the somewhat sunny day to check out the new ‘it’ park of Manhattan, the High Line.
To be fair, the High Line has been open for about two years, but I haven’t seen it yet so it is new to me! I first heard about it last summer, when my nyc-savvy best friend Joey told me about it. The High Line was constructed in the 1930s as a train track that ran above the street on the West Side. The elevated train track was to keep from accidents happening with horses and pedestrians. By the 1960s with the growth of interstate trucking, most of the southern railroad lines were becoming obsolete. The last train rode on the High Line in 1980, and it had since become a totally useless former train track elevated in the sky. Lucky for New Yorkers, a group sprang up in the 1990s called ‘Friends of the High Line’ devoted to turning this abandoned track into a park! The first section of the park opened in 2009, and Section 2 is opening later this year! By the time all 3 sections are done the park will stretch one and a half miles. The park currently runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street.
It is really cool! Of course all of the plants are dead right now, but I am so excited to see everything in full bloom later on this spring! We took an elevator around 14th street, and walked through to West 20th street. There is so much seating in the park, benches line the walls and they have a huge area with tons of benches and steps, and a full view of the city. It is very cool to be elevated above the streets of New York, and there is a great view of the Empire State Building. I certainly have never been in an elevated park like this! All of the benches are very modern, everything is really sleek wood. There is even some modern art, a platform where you look through this huge cutout, that lines up the city in an abstract pattern! Way cool!
Afterward, my boyfriend and I wandered over to the Village, to eat at one of my favorite Nyc restaurants! Risotteria is on the corner of Morton and Bleecker Street in the Village, and it is SO SO GOOD! The restaurant is practically a hole in the wall, but if you google ‘best nyc risotto’ it will come up! The restaurant specializes in traditional risotto, but also in having vegetarian and gluten-free options. This might not sound appetizing to some, but I am telling you it is the BEST! They have amazing cheese plates that we make sure to indulge in every time, for $10 you get a plate with Gorgonzola, Goat Cheese, Feta, and fresh mozzarella that is to die for! (I think I am unintentionally turning this into a food blog…?) For dinner I had mozzarella pesto risotto that was perfection! They also give you this amazing traditionally baked breadsticks, I LOVE this place! Risotteria is also on one of those typical small nyc streets that leads up to a little park/square, it is so cute for a date! I have been there a few times and I am always pleased with the outcome!If you are ever in the Village pining for some good food, I implore you to check this place out! MmmmMmmm.
I really enjoyed my trip to the High Line! I can’t wait for Section 2 to be open to the public! To see pictures and get more information visit: http://www.thehighline.org/