My friend Kim recently told me about a brand-spanking new park in New York City called The High Line which she promises she'll take me to when I'm back in town, which will be soon! The park is actually elevated (that's the only way I can imagine Manhattan would have room for a new park). It was originally constructed in the 1930s to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park. Looks and sounds awesome!
There's also some great High Line merch available like these groovy Trina Turk men's bermuda shorts ($148) and Friends of High Line towels designed by DVF ($75 each).