It’s a badge of honor to be stressed and overworked in NYC, but now a quick pick me up is available to everyone. Walk or jog along the Highline. It is 25 feet above grimy, dusty streets and the relentless noise of everyday NYC life. It will definitely clam you down.
A new study by Hartford University Connecticut and Trinity College Dublin has found that makes it over 30% less polluted by dust and metal particles and 40% less noisy than being at street level and that’s a very good thing for your general well-being. All that yummy greenery helps a heap as well, keeping out pollutants as well as calming the soul.
It’s a bit horrid to find out how polluting 10th Avenue is. The most noisiest part of the Highline is at W 18th street which is pretty close to 10th Avenue. And the quietest spot if West 23rd street which is furtherest away. aqnd you can bet all the other wide avenues with all the traffic that flows along them are as bad.
While it’s great to know how good the Highline experience is for us, the reality is that few New Yorkers can walk or jog there regularly and it’s a pain to be reminded how bad all the street level pollution and noise is for us all.
So if you’re close to the Highline grab some time on it’s elevated beauty. but otherwise grab as much nature time as you can in NYC’s parks large and small.