11 THE HIGH LINE
It might be odd to suggest that one of New York’s must- sees is a disused railway, but the High Line is a public park unlike any other. What was, from 1934 to 1980, an elevated freight line running for just under 1.5 miles from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, was acquired by a volunteer group in 1999 to rescue it from demolition. Ten years later, the Friends of the High Line group reopened the trail as an extraordinary garden in the sky that’s an absolute joy. It opens at 7am, closing at 7pm in winter, 10pm in spring and autumn, and 11pm in summer.