Best Respite in the Belly of the Art Beast New York 2013 - The High Line
After a typical day's communion with Chelsea's cutting-edge (or not) video projections, intriguing and/or abrasive installations, and riot of paintings, you might long for a palate-cleansing stroll through nature. Although it's practically de rigueur these days to complain that the High Line is overrated, don't believe the hype. Open four years now, this elevated greenway burrowing through Chelsea's mix of eclectic nouveau high-rises and tumbledown taxi garages offers native plantings—judiciously overgrown here, fetchingly groomed there—kaleidoscopic skyline vistas, generally unobtrusive art commissions, and stellar people-watching. Perhaps due precisely to the cultural overload beneath your feet, this breezy stretch of repurposed railroad tracks remains Gotham's most magical public space.