Biz Stone's Oasis

Biz Stone

Trazzler and have launched a contest for readers to submit travel writing about their personal oases for a chance at a $10,000 contract to be a writer-in-residence in New York City, including 14 nights in an AKA luxury hotel residence and free round-trip airfare from JetBlue. (NYC-based writers are, of course, welcome to enter, too.)

Need some inspiration? See Trazzler and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's piece about his personal oasis below, and then get to work. You can enter here, but do it quickly—the deadline for submissions is August 17.

The High Line in New York City
Floating Above the Fray in an Urban Rail-to-Trail Garden in New York
It didn't take as long as you might think for nature to reclaim a patch of elevated earth right in the middle of Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Weeds and wildflowers took root on the abandoned tracks. While some saw a hulking industrial eyesore ripe for demolition, others fought successfully to preserve this relic of New York's industrial past as a floating oasis—and after over a decade of lobbying, the first section opened in June 2009. The High Line's reconceptualization is a post-modern, eco-friendly take on a natural railroad right-of-way with prairie-like plantings and even a grove of trees on the Gansevoort Street end.