The Reader Q&A continues today with Lori G. wanting more information about the High Line and its significance in The Place We Went to Yesterday.
First, a little history is in order (and I’m going to admit to paraphrasing here because the history never really captured me, but its beauty certainly does). The High Line is part of an old railway line that sat relatively abandoned for years. In the mid-2000s, the project finally got off the ground (no pun intended) to convert the above-ground railway into a public park. The rest, as they say, is history. More information about the park and the history can be found via the Friends of the High Line website and of course, Wikipedia.
In The Place We Went to Yesterday, the significance of the park is clear: it’s the place where Ella truly gets her first taste of freedom. It gives her not just a new outlook on life, but physically allows her to see a side of the city she had never experienced before. Despite growing up in lower Manhattan, it’s not someplace she has ever been until she meets Lara. It’s a world away from the poverty she is used to. It shows her that there are more possibilities than the ones to which she’s grown accustomed.
But really, it’s just a beautiful place (as evidenced by these amazing photos from the ever talented Susan Tauber).