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HIGH LINE.

September 8, 2011
this post is a little delayed, but who’s counting? with one of my best friends, shire, hanging out with me in the city after the syta conference, we headed to washington square park without any further plans.

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the weather was kind of perfect, don’t you think?

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we wandered awhile, past new students moving in to nyc dorms, before stumbling upon the cutest cafe on the planet: corner shop cafe. you can find it at the corner of broadway & bleecker in noho.

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it was freakin’ adorable and they had paid attention to every little detail in the decor, from dark wood to a tin ceiling to assorted mini vases with fresh flowers to the curtains to the mix & match salt and pepper shakers. shire makes a great model.

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the flowers deserved a second look.

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on a hot day, the specials board out front had caught our eye and both of us ordered the watermelon gazpacho. it was nice & refreshing, though i didn’t come close to finishing the portion.

i don’t have a photo of my entree because i devoured it in about 10 seconds flat. brie and roasted tomato panini with prosciutto – so simple, yet so delicious.

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before we left, we inquired with our server for recommended places to go next. jason (it was his last day, so don’t ask for him if you go) gave a rave review of high line and said the walk down bleecker would provide us with plenty of shops and cafes to visit on the way.

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bleecker is also home to magnolia bakery, so i had to stop in and pick up a snack for later.
by the way, the cupcakes were yummy, but maybe not worth all the hype. the bakery was tight quarters and there wasn’t a great feel to complete the experience. i think half of the appeal of a bakery is the warm atmosphere. okay, well, at least 25-30% of it… the rest depends on the baked goods.

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a few more blocks of daydreaming about living in one of the nearby apartment buildings…

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now, this jason fellow, told us that the high line is an urban hike, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

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it was a little bit more like an urban stroll with great views… hence the absurb number of photos in this post.

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the high line is built on the railroad tracks that were used throughout manhattan back in the day to deliver produce and mail. after the railroad system stopped, the tracks became overgrown, until nyc decided to develop the area into a park and walkway, using plants and trees native to the area.

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this plaque might give a better account of the story than i am…

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some of my favorite things on our “hike” included:
#1 – lounge chairs.

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#2 – popsicles.

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see that popsicle above? it’s blueberry mint and i kid you not that it is hands down the best popsicle i’ve ever tasted. plus, it was awesomely refreshing on a hot & humid afternoon.

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the popsicles are made by people’s pops. check out their website for where they can be found in nyc.
you’ll be so happy.

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during our popsicle downtime, we sat in a covered area (shade!) and admired some more of the unique art and architecture along the walkway.

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#3 – water fountains.

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and these aren’t just any water fountains… they talk to you! i find that exciting.

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did i mention the views?

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at the bottom of the stairs in this seating area, there was a viewing area right above the car. a cool perspective.

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#4 – this billboard.

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the architecture just kept getting better and better.

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i wonder how the neighbors feel about this thing. though it’s probably better than overrun train tracks.

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i’ll take that apartment right there if you don’t mind.

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#5 – these birdhouses.

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we could have kept walking even further, but the sun was feeling hotter, so we looked for an exit.

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but not before eyeing #6 – the amazing fence.

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what a great afternoon, thanks to the advice of our server. now that is some excellent customer service.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2011 8:04 am

    Amazing adventure and such great shots. I love it.

    • September 8, 2011 8:14 am

      thanks so much. and thanks for commenting because now i have a new blog to read… yours!

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