New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world and the primary reason why is that the city is made for people and not automobiles. No other American city even comes close to the high level of population density that is found in New York and especially Manhatten. It's because of that high level of density that New York is able to offer the best public transit system in the country and one of the best in the world. Car ownership simply isn't necessary for those who call New York City home and as a result, the city is laid out in a way that sends people onto the sidewalks and into the parks instead of their cars. As a result, the sidewalks stay busy, commerce thrives and development isn't dependent on how much parking is available.
New York also has some of the best urban parks around with Central Park being the most famous. Well, you can now add a new showcase park to the city's credit. The High Line, a new park built upon an old elevated railway, is, if pictures are to be believed, a masterpiece of epic proportions. The park rambles two stories above the edge of the trendy Chelsea neighborhood and will continue to be developed over the next few years. Our cities, long the home of our most creative citizens, are our best hope for salvaging a decent future.
Here are a few photos of the park courtesy of Fast Company: