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Ah, the Highline! Manhattan’s newest must-see hot spot of 2009. New Yorkers have been waiting for the elevated parks construction to be completed for the past 5 years and it was well worth the wait. The Highline is a 1.45-mile-long elevated steel structure built in the 1930s. It was primarily used to transport meat and other goods from the meatpacking district starting below 14th and ending in midtown at 34th street. The Highline remained vacant and unused since 1980 and has now been transformed into nine blocks of complete wonder and beauty. The remaining thirteen will hopefully open soon.

Strolling through the park and following the intertwined disused tracks should occur at a leisurely pace. Stop to view the flora, lounge on one of the Ipe wood sun bathing chaises or become mesmerized with the never ending stream of people watching. Plato Putas believe all the above should be enjoyed with one hand engaged in summer-time frosty licks. Seek out the Italian L’Art Del Gelato cart conveniently located midway through the park.

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Try one of their gelatis: Menta Verde Cicoccolato, Marscapone, Stracciatella (milk chocolate chip), Nutella, Caffé, Zenzero (ginger), Cioccolato or Nocciola delle Langhe. Scoop up a sorbetti: Mela Verde (green apple) or Frutti di Bosco (mixed berries). At $3 for one flavour or $4 for two, we felt they could have been more generous with portions sizes. There wasn’t enough gelato to fill the bottoms of our crispy cones but other than that we were completely satisfied. Cool, creamy and fresh!

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Couldn’t find the flavour you were looking for? Then head on over to the permanent Italian L’Art Del Gelato West Village location (75 Seventh Avenue South) where they have dozens and dozens of unique, enticing flavours.

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