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Posters in Chelsea complain about High Line visitors

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The High Line has become a popular tourist destination but at least one local isn't so happy about it. Someone put up fliers around Chelsea complaining to the thousands of tourists.

Every day, tourists walk the High Line, enjoying the gardens, the art work, and yes, the views of peoples' apartments. For the person who put up the flyers, that's the problem.

It reads: "attention tourists. West Chelsea is not Times Square. It is not a tourist attraction."

The flier, which was posted on light poles, warns tourists not to sit on apartment building stoops, take pictures of the buildings, clog sidewalks, take up open spaces… basically: leave New York alone!

The comments about the fliers blew up on a blog called Jeremiah's Vanishing New York."

One guy called the author a "sanctimonious whiner." another commentator wrote that it wasn't long ago the same area was besieged by drug addicts and prostitutes.

Carlos Sierra, of Queens, was walking the High Line Friday night with his family for the first time. His feeling about the controversy? Lighten up and enjoy the view.

We're trying to track down the author of the flyers. We made some calls and sent some emails but haven't heard anything back.

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