Leaving New York City is always a wrench. I’m obviously not alone in my yearning as countless writers, movies, stage productions, artists, musicians and creatives and have portrayed the city in all its glitzy glory and gory. These luminaries have a lot to answer for; Don Draper, Frank Sinatra, Carrie Bradshaw, Marilyn Monroe, Alicia Keys, Miles Davies and Tony Soprano. They’re the temptresses of my New York love affair.
Thirty years have passed since Meg Ryan made cinematic history with THAT unforgettable climatic scene in When Harry Met Sally. While she orgasmically made her point, there’s certainly no fakery involved in pastrami sandwiches or bagels when hunting down Jewish food in the Lower East Side (LES) in New York City.
The most obvious place to seek serenity in any city is within the leafy confines of a park. New York has no shortage of open green spaces, and plenty of clandestine pockets of calm to help you find peace in New York City.
Built on a historic and elevated rail line, the High Line was destined for demolition until the community and City of New York rallied together and converted it into public green space. Since its opening in 2009, the High Line is often decorated with pretty young things sauntering along the elevated public space weaving 24 blocks through the lower west side.