See Part I here
Avoiding the hustle of Times Square, I chose to explore the Chelsea area, spending a couple hours inside the Chelsea Market, taking a stroll along the cool, elevated High Line Park, and visiting galleries in the Chelsea Art District.
There are few places more pleasant than a sunny afternoon along the High Line: flowers, trees, birds, benches, views of the city and the Hudson River, and pedestrians, all get along here in harmony and peace.
A revitalized piece of New York City’s past, the High Line Park is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) New York City linear park built in Manhattan on the disused southern portion of the West Side Line running to the Lower West Side of Manhattan. It runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – in the Meatpacking District, through Chelsea, to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center.
Since the promenade needed to be made easy to get up to and off, access has been provided in the form of regularly placed stairways, and a few elevator/stairway combinations. -- A photo shoot at one of such stairways:
Chelsea Art District
Underneath the High Line is the Chelsea Art District, one of the most important and influential art districts in the world. Even a glimpse through windows of these galleries is a very pleasant satisfying experience.
The Chelsea Art District is concentrated largely between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. The district features several hundred galleries lining street upon street; many buildings have multiple floors of galleries. These galleries represent a wide variety of artworks. While Chelsea is known for its contemporary art, a number of the galleries also feature artworks by the Masters. Traditional art, fine art photography, paintings, prints, and sculpture are also represented.