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A Bit of Biophilia in the City That Never Sleeps

New York High Line

New York High Line

Image © Annie Spratt

New York is famous for being one of the most populous cities in the world. Often referred to as the “city that never sleeps”, it’s no wonder so many of its inhabitants want to escape from the chaos of city life from time to time.

However, in the heart of the Big Apple, there are biophilic spaces that you can go to get away from the urban bustle, like the High Line.

A linear park created along a derelict elevated railway, the High Line is packed with a variety of grasses, shrubs and trees, and is a fantastic example of how to bring the natural world into the urban environment. The majority of the plants are locally sourced and chosen based on how they deal with New York’s many unique microclimates.

The park’s plant beds are designed to store as much rainwater as possible, and retain nutrients in the soil. This keeps the plants healthy without the need for pesticides or chemical fertilisers – further boosting its biophilic credentials.

As a result, the High Line offers a one-of-a-kind experience that allows visitors to enjoy some breath-taking views, while also enjoying the natural environment. It’s not just an ideal location to get your creative juices flowing, it’s great to help you recuperate after a busy day in the office.

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