Kids’ Perspectives Up High

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If you’re thinking that these kids’ views are quite high, you’re right. As part of our social studies integrated curriculum on New York City parks, I took my class to the High Line to study how this park was different from others and why it’s so important to New York City. Given a historical background on the High Line before it became a park, they were pretty excited to see that their teacher wasn’t just making up some random story that a park was built on an old railroad track. 😛  With their high level of interest and engagement towards the High Line, I felt it would be fun to share what they noticed in case you haven’t been to this hugely tourist attraction yet.

The High Line was actually built to help overcrowdedness and traffic while carrying goods to and from Manhattan’s largest district. Later on, since trains weren’t really needed anymore, the last one ran in 1980, and demolition was lobbied by many. On the other side of the debate, many residents advocated to preserve it and use it as a public open space. They won, and the first section of the park became open to the public in 2009 and was completed just last year.  (I didn’t realize that 6 years has flown by already since I first went!!)

So what did the kids notice?  ALL and MORE of THIS.  I’ve captioned the photos with as many quotes from them as I can remember! Some just put a smile on my face… 

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“6 Colorful Things on Sticks”

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“Sculptures are hiding in the vines.” 

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“Someone getting married! She’s so BEAUTIFUL.” 

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“Too cold to play in the water”

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“Some benches can move like a train on the train track!” 
(It’s true. I would have never noticed until my students told me 3 years ago!)

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Vendors.  “Ms. Ng’s favorite coffee.”  (Or so Blue Bottle used to be…)

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“Too cold for ice cream. The vendor looks bored.” (Indeed he did…)

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“WOW. SO COOL!” 

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“People making movies. SHHH..” 

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“A lawn to run and play on.”

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SO MUCH NATURE!” 

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“I SEE A BEE! I SEE A BEE! LOOK!” (Can you find the bee?)

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Be careful! Don’t step on the path! You’ll kill the plants!” 

Ohhh the things we see when we look with a different lens, especially from the little ones. 🙂 The High Line is a beautiful place with views as you walk along from 14th to 34th Street. It has been getting quite crowded as it got popular, but it doesn’t cease to be a unique place filled with art, souvenir shops, architecture, and all kinds of plant species!

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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