High Line for NYC kids
See what's up (get it?) at the West Side's elevated park this spring.
Wed Feb 16 2011
Wild Wednesday at High Line
Sometimes bigger is better
Construction is nearly complete on section two of the park, which covers the area between 20th and 30th Streets. Once the space opens later this spring, there will be even more places to play: A 4,900-square-foot lawn between 22nd and 23rd Streets is the perfect picnic spot, and kids can peep at hundreds of beautiful blooms in the lush wildflower field near 28th Street.
There's more public art than ever
New installations are joining pieces currently on view (including Spencer Finch's The River That Flows Both Ways, meant to evoke the Hudson). First up: Kim Beck's Space Available, a series of empty billboard frames located on rooftops near the park (opens Mar 4).
Kids can go "Wild"
Beginning in May, the park will host Wild Wednesdays, a series of tot-friendly activities that make full use of the green space: Scavenger hunts incorporate the park's wildlife and plants, and High Line gardeners lead arts-and-crafts projects.
Dance fever is contagious
Fans of America's Best Dance Crew won't want to miss the similarly high-energy series "Stepping to the High Line," featuring performances by local troupes. The schedule has yet to be announced, but the shows will incorporate hand-clapping, coordinated stepping and hip-hop moves.
The fun continues after the sun goes down
Learn about the Big and Little Dippers during weekly stargazing sessions. Beginning later this spring, families can peer at the stars through high-powered telescopes (Tuesdays; free, no reservations needed). Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be on hand to offer cosmic tidbits.