Monday, November 9, 2009

The High Line on a Budget

The unseasonably warm weather has made us crave the outdoors. While our schedules make it difficult to really have an out-of-the-city adventure, our cravings for have been satisfied with a recent trip to the High Line. The High Line is a new public park on the West Side of Manhattan. The fall foliage and floral blooms of autumn are in their final weeks of fruition, so it's time to take advantage and get outside! Want to have an experience without breaking the bank? It's easy. See below.

EAT/DRINK
Stop at the Chelsea Market passage for hot apple cider ($2.50)and cinnamon-sugar doughnuts ($2) for your walk. Craft Sweets, located on the High Line, offers these treats and more from 11a-6p. If sweets aren't your cup of cider, so to speak, help yourself to seasonal apples (from 75 cents and up) at the same stall.

SEE
1. Views of the river, the changing leaves, and over 300 species of birds as they migrate south for the colder months.
2. People watching- we've seen some truly dysfunctional families, lover's quarrels, and snow suited children.

DO
1. Take a walk. It's free. Round up your camera, some friends, and don't forget your gloves- the winds blowing off the Hudson are breezy enough to give you a shiver or two. However, don't let the fall weather deter you. There's something about the crisp air and the overwhelming "quiet" that will overcome you as you stroll.
2. Astronomy on the High Line takes place tomorrow evening, no RSVP required. Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York each Tuesday on the High Line at dusk to view the night sky. Experts provide lessons re: the celestial wonders of the New York sky.

SPLURGE
If you've got a few extra dollars, pack a picnic feast with fall goodies you discover at the Chelsea Market. Some of our favorites include star cookies with Nutella, fresh breads from Amy's Bread, and thick clam chowder from The Lobster place.

COST: $4.50 (not including the cost of a $2.25 Metrocard)

**NOTES
The High Line is open from 7:00a to 10:00p daily.

Dogs are not currently permitted on the High Line, so leave the puppies at home.

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