My friend suggested my wife and I check out the new High Line Park while we were in New York this past weekend. He made an excellent suggestion.
The park is a repurposed, old section of the elevated train system on the west side of Manhattan. My understanding is that it was an unused and deteriorating piece of history that was being reclaimed by mother nature. Some very smart people saw this and figured, why not speed things along.
Now in place is an amazing urban natural escape. A place where people can truly elevate above the chaotic streets and enjoy nature outside of Central Park. You can read more about it on their website http://www.thehighline.org/.
The next time you are in Manhattan, make the trip.