Strolling Along the High Line

Monday after I visited the New York Public Library, I walked along the High Line. It’s an old freight train line that was converted into a walking path in 2004. I was surprised by how much the bustle and noise of the city faded away only a little above the streets. It was busy up there, and it was quite narrow in places so it was pretty crowded, but it was still a quieter world.

View from the High Line

View from the High Line

Plants in the train tracks

Plants in the train tracks

There were plenty of places to sit, and several spots where the path branched off in an outlook over the avenues. Near 14th Street, there were a bunch of food carts set up overlooking the Hudson River, and benches set up like deck chairs where people were sunning themselves in the late afternoon light.

An old black-and-white bursts into color

An old black-and-white bursts into color

Art on a rooftop

Art on a rooftop

I saw lots of different artworks up there, and a guy making counter-cultural miniature paintings on cardboard, and a kid who tried to pet each blade of grass he came across. It was a lovely mile-long walk on a beautiful September day.

On the West Side

On the West Side

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A Good Looking Library in New York

The 5th Avenue branch of the New York Public Library is famous enough to make it on some tourist itineraries, including mine. When I stopped by yesterday, I went to the “cameras allowed” section of the reading room and tried to stay out of people’s photos in the rotunda on the third floor, and I watched in amusement as actual New Yorkers tried to actually use their library amid all this.

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

The Reading Room

The Reading Room

Apparently the library still uses pneumatic tubes to shuttle call slips around when people are searching for books in the vast catalog, which I find delightful. They have one of the 48 surviving copies of the original Gutenberg Bible, which showed still-vibrant black ink, a few lovely illuminated letters, and what looked like notes scribbled in the margins.

It was an impressive building, and a fine place to pass an hour.

The Map Room of the New York Public Library

The Map Room of the New York Public Library

Me and the globe

Me and the globe

One of four panels showing the history of books in Western civilization--one guy is rocking jorts and the other guy decided pants weren't necessary at all. That is what I took from this.

One of four panels showing the history of books in Western civilization–one guy is rocking jorts and the other guy decided pants weren’t necessary at all. That is what I took from this.

Sibling Road Trip 2011 Video

Dearest fellow travelers, I’ve put together a video of the first part of the grand road trip Heather, Em, and I took in late September. The video has some silly inside jokes, a few nice shots of the misty scenery, and far too much of Timbaland’s dumbest but most earworm-y collaboration.

I had a lot of fun putting it together, and you’ll see that we had even more fun filming it. Enjoy!

Update: Part 2 is up now!