The first part of the High Line opened officially yesterday. I loved the lounge chairs on the rail track, positioned just so one can get a good view of the Hudson River. Elsewhere, there are also nice views of old and new architecture of the city, as represented by the Empire State Building and the Frank Gehry-designed Barry Diller IAC Building. What I liked best of all, however, is the planting design by Piet Oudolf, which manages to retain a certain wildness that was so much a part of the original High Line. It will be even more interesting as the trees–mostly birch and a few oaks–mature in the years to come.