National Geographic

Growing up when I couldn’t really read yet, I remember always noticing those yellow, rectangular magazines lying around the house. Yellow, with a lot of letters is all that stood out to me; I will admit I was oddly bored seeing so many words and I thought the pictures were strange, some scary, but colorful-overall weird to me. My family was subscribed some time ago and kept the issues for awhile until Dad decided to get rid of them not too long ago (maybe 5 years ago?)…late 70s, 80s, and perhaps also the early 90s editions is what we had.

Today I wish we held at least a few…of course the photographs and articles written -simply extraordinary and wonderful to me now that I understand what those yellow rectangles are. Amongst other national monthly magazines, I feel NG magazine (simply NG in general) is quite inviting to the wonderful world of nature and simply the world happening, and is definitely inspiring to living now. 

April 2011’s front cover attracted me to purchasing it for reading material during my flight to NY last month…

…in which I’ll have to mention Manhattan again, for in this NG issue, there was a section, "Miracles Above Manhattan" and photographs of the High Line park, which happened to be in the Chelsea neighborhood, where I was staying. High Line park is simply an abandoned railroad ruin, originally built in the 1930s, used in the late 60s, and reconstructed in the 90s into a garden and park area, which opened just about two years ago. 

Inspired by the photographs and article, I wanted to feel walking down this line. Knowing it’d be amazing to visit this creation and landmark, at the time I knew I wouldn’t get the chance since I was in town for such a short time. But with good fortune, accompanied by a good friend (yes, Pam), I made the visit anyway! 

It’s exciting to come across reading an unexpected NG article and live it immediately after. My favorite photo from the NG article is described “A kiss is perhaps the only reason to miss the view over Tenth Avenue that the architects made one of the High Line park’s main focal points…” I remembered NG’s photo when I walked to its general spot and scene, with the billboard the background:

I could totally spend hours in this garden. Literally. Sunrises, sunsets, picnics, events, exercise, sunbathing…its definitely a remarkable must see, go to where you want to get away from the city in the city. Thank god and man for National Geographic.