Today's blog post was guest written by one of our new Greeters, Claudia Berger.
Today's ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg marked the unofficial opening day on the High Line. (The official opening day is tomorrow, Tuesday June 9th, when the park will be open for its first full day, from 7:00am - 10:00pm.) Once the ribbon was cut, the High Line saw its first visitors as the public came up.
I spent the first afternoon on the High Line acting as a Greeter, one of several Friends of the High Line volunteers who walk along the High Line answering any questions visitors might have. When you go up on the High Line, seek us out— you can identify us by our gray t-shirts with the green High Line logo. Most of the questions I was asked today were about the water feature near the 16th Street access point. As the day went on and got sunnier, this became an increasingly popular place to sit, so I spent a lot of time there talking to visitors.
The water feature, only recently finished, was already one of the more high traffic areas. With its distinctive lounge chairs and a cart with refreshments right across from the water feature, I can already tell that the Sundeck will be a very popular area on the High Line for all ages. Throughout the day, this area was filled with babies and toddlers playing in the water, and adults cooling their feet after their walks along the High Line.
So I invite you all to come up soon and check it out.