For several decades since its opening in 1934, the elevated rail line High Line was used to transport food into Manhattan (source: thehighland.org). In the 80-ies, however, parts og the track were demolished and led to the line being discontinued. As years passed, the tracks were covered in wild flowers and started to rust and people called for its removal. One og the former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s last acts in office was in fact to sign a demolition order.
Luckily the order was never executed and in 2009, under mayor Bloomberg, the old rail line had been converted into a beautiful elevated park above New York’s buzzling life.
Well worth a visit and (best of all) free of charge. Check out thehighline.org for info about access points to the park.