When the High Line opened in New York in 2009, it surprised people. Perhaps they felt that from windows and bridges and on movie screens, every angle of the city had been explored. It turned out that a simple change of perspective opened up a brand new way to see New York.
In his review in The New York Times, then architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff described the effect this way. “... as mesmerizing as the design is, it is the height of the High Line that makes it so magical, and that has such a profound effect on how you view the city. Lifted just three stories above the ground, you are suddenly able to perceive, with remarkable clarity, aspects of the city’s character you would never glean from an office….The High Line is the only place in New York where you can have this experience — one that is as singular in its way as standing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.”