What a JAM PACKED day we had today!! My Uncle took the day off of work, and he took me to places in the City that I had not been yet. We left at around 11am, and walked pretty much all day. We went to the 9/11 Memorial, Madison Square Garden, Wall Street, Korea Town (No, not China Town. They actually are different places), the High Line, and so many other places.
What did I learn today?
I'm excited for this one! What did I learn today?? Well, I learned a lot about the High Line! So, the High Line is an elevated walkway for tourists to walk on. It sits over major roadways in Manhattan, and twists through a portion of the city. Back in the day, it used to be a very famous railroad.
Being that it is (or was) the NYC, commute got hectic, and traffic became bad. To solve the problem, engineers created railways that could carry people, products, food, and other material at a much faster pace from point A to point B in Manhattan. Since people were not careful, and the locomotives traveled fast, there was an actual area near the tracks called "Death Row," because so many because would die from being hit by the train during the train's commute. To stop these deaths, men on horseback were hired to ride in front of the train, to shoo people out of the way as the train came down the tracks.
As time went on, builders had the genius idea of not only having a train, but elevating it above traffic. In other words, create a bridge that hovers over Manhattan traffic that the train can travel on. This, was called the High Line. When the High Line was created, commute across Manhattan was much, much less hectic, because there was now a method of transportation that could transport things at not only double the speed, but out of the way of traffic.
Once the interstate was created though, the trains saw less and less use. In the 1980s the High Line made its last trip transporting some frozen turkeys (or something). Since then, builders have converted the tracks into a historical walkway for tourists, which feature informational plaques that have all of this information (and MUCH more) on them.
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