In a city famously known as a concrete jungle with crowded streets, astronomical property rates and few green spaces, the High Line is a key example of New York’s willingness to transform, adapt and innovate. When it first opened to the public in 2009 the 1.45 mile long park, which was created entirely on an abandoned elevated train track, beautified the otherwise industrial West Side neighborhoods (Meatpacking, Chelsea, Hudson Yards) it snakes over. Today millions clamour for the dazzling views of the Hudson River, downtown New York’s skyline and, for some voyeurs, the guest rooms at the Standard Hotel. Artists, who were already flocking to Chelsea’s gallery scene, have found an appreciative audience with massive murals, abstract sculptures and a few performance pieces cropping up around and within view of the park. Recently one of the city’s most distinguished cultural institutions The Whitney Museum of American Art recently moved within view of The High Line.
The spot is most popular during the warm months. While the flowers and plants–a selection that is mostly indigenous to the region–are in bloom, the wood lounge chairs are coveted. Something about the smell of fresh greenery makes treats from artisanal vendors selling ice cream and original sodas taste all the more refreshing. During certain evenings the Amateur Astronomer Association leads free star gazing nights and lively cultural happenings like latin dance nights. The best part, however, has to be the people watching: Grab a seat on the stairs over looking busy Tenth Avenue and see locals and visitors from all walks of life milling their way about the city.
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Washington St at Gansevoort St
|Cross street:||to Tenth Ave at 30th St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
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The High Line represents how much work it takes to make something look like no trouble at all. This impressively landscaped space features rotating art installations, water features, and benches. It began life as a response to the avenue's reputation as "Death Avenue" in the 19th Century. Back in the day, locomotives came all the way down the tip of the island, and New Yorkers, then as now, liked to jaywalk with the grim reaper. After first hiring cowboys to ride ahead of the trains to warn the folks, who of course were ignored, the city created an above the streets rail line to separate the trains from the street before they could separate the limbs from the people. When the High Line finally ended its useful industrial life, the weed-strewn structure inspired the park of today.
It's a trip to walk this line. Fabulous views in an historic neighborhood. Lots of swallows sweeping around the old warehouses during the right seasons make for a gay old time. You've got to see it to believe it.
Situated in the Meatpacking district, this old high rise park has a lot to offer. I personally went on a date here a few weeks ago. The weather was nice, but more so the walk was beautiful. The walk is very romantic. It has a semi boardwalk feel with patches of grass here and there. Along the walk, there are private "dead end" sidewalks that make for a really good kissing spot.
I like the history behind the high line as well. It used to be an old subway line. In the early 1900's it was decommissioned and turned into a beautiful park.
Tip: There is an awesome ice-cream store in the meatpacking district called Popbar, you gotta check it out if you are walking the high rise.
a delightful walk above 10th Ave, surprisingly peaceful above the traffic and chaos, experience a stretch of nature in a big city
If you're looking to fall in love with New York, the High Line is the first place you should start! It breathes life right through the city!! Believe it or not, the best times to go are in the rain (with an umbrella, of course) when the crowds aren't too bad.
I have a love/hate relationship with the High Line. I first experienced the High Line back in 2011 on a class trip to the park to take in the design elements of the environment. After that, the High Line became the setting for many bad first dates (for whatever reason, every guy I dated wanted to take a stroll on the High Line after dinner). When it isn’t crowded, the High Line is actually a very unique, interesting park to walk through – especially because the scenery changes depending on what stretch you’re at and because of the outdoor art exhibits during the summer.
For those visiting New York city, this is a must-see. It spans all along the west side of Manhattan, meaning there are plenty of easy-access entry points. It's a great way to get off the streets, and surround yourself with nature. A good way to see the highline is start at the top (around 32nd street), walk all the way down to the Whitney Museum, and there are some great markets and bars to also check out in the area. Fantastic in Fall and Spring!
The High Line is a perfect example of old parts of New York that are refurbished to look completely modern and cool. I love that the walking deck is made of old railroad tracks! Walking along the path, when the sun is shining and the flowers are sprouting in spring is the perfect time to go. It's a great spot to eat lunch, stumble upon cool art and chill after a long day.
Fun free attraction close to mid-town that allows you to experience the city from above. Plenty of spaces to relax with a good book or just kick back with a friend.
I love love love the High Line! Beautiful and unique views of the city. Just don't go on weekends if you actually want to be able to walk down it and soak in the scenery.
One of the newest and most interesting park spaces in Manhattan, the High Line essentially recycled a decaying unused elevated railroad track into a serene and beautiful environment. Built in 3 phases, it stretches from Gansevoort Street to W. 30th Street. Snaking in between buildings and even underneath one, the walk is almost 1.5 miles long and traffic free, well, except people traffic. The landscaping on the High Line is unique as in some areas they kept the indigenous plants that were growing there, while other areas, trees have been planted. You can still see traces of the old tracks and artifacts of when the train used to run.
Can’t fault any of these other posts! New Yorkers and tourists alike enjoy the High Line. Rare and welcome treat to look down on the streets like this. Interesting artwork and murals dotted around but it’s really the unusual view of the city – and the high line itself – that’s the masterpiece; exposed wooden planks, rails and touches of New York in a different age. As usual the only catch is that the most popular times (at the most popular choke-points) mean you'll be walking along at the pace of the crowd. But get up here in a quieter moment and you won’t regret it.
Make sure the High Line is on your NYC To Do list now. An amazing and magical sprawling garden walkway that stretches across the West side of the city from Midtown to the fabulous Meatpacking district. Perfect for a morning stroll (also allowing you to beat the crowds), where you can get some great shots of the city, from iconic NYC scenes including yellow cabs and street signs to great vantage point for shots of the famous water towers and of course the Empire State Building. Take in the new Whitney Museum at the end on the right hand side, and then walk down the street away from the water to the Gansevoort market for a great selection of food and drinks, and a real locals favorite hang out in the Meatpacking district.
Oh, the High Line. I could be making a grand statement here, but I feel like this is the most beloved public space in Manhattan. Tourists and locals alike love it. And really, it's just the greatest urban planning project ever. The old subway track turned raised park is absolutely stunning at any time of year and offers incredible views of the city. Also, as far as walking through Manhattan goes, I am so grateful for a route that allows me to escape the often gross NYC streets. This space is stunningly designed, with lots of seating and vegetation and also a lot of wonderful programming and seasonal events! There are also temporary art installations along the walk.
The High Line is the a great place to "stop and smell the roses". It's a wonderful place to relax and have lunch on a busy afternoon or to get away from the hustle and bustle from the traffic down below. A must when in NYC.
The High Line is a sweet way to find yourself above it all, for at least a couple of miles. Besides a really unique view of Chelsea, it's like a mini-jungle in the middle of the concrete jungle. It makes for a lovely afternoon walk (though I'd avoid it completely on weekends) and leads you right to all of the art galleries, restaurants, museums, bars and high fashion shops you'd ever need. There's also shifting art projects every season, usually something fun going on like a local honey sale or free salsa dance class, and it's lovely to see the different plantlife grow and fade with the year.
This is perhaps the best free "attraction" that the city has to offer. It is certainly a popular tourist destination, but out of towners and native New Yorkers alike will spend many fair weather days and nights strolling the High Line and enjoying it's outstanding views of the Hudson. Looking in the other direct gives a great view of midtown as well. The walk is lined with art and landscaped with plants and flowers. Although the lounge chairs are hard to come by, if you're lucky enough to snag one, it's a great place to take in some sun and people watch. There are plenty of food and drink choices both on the High Line and in the Chelsea neighborhood below. The nicest days of the year attract big crowds though, so be prepared to have company!
such a cool thing to do on a warm day, you can walk, sit, enjoy the view, it is a great restoration and reuse of something from a gone by era
What an awesome concept. I loved strolling on the high line. Met some interesting people. The views are amazing. If you have never done this...put it on your bucket list!
The high line was very fun for me and my family- and that's coming from a native New Yorker. It is not very high up and feels very safe, so there is no need to worry if you are afraid of heights. There was evidently so much art and talent involved in making the High Line such an interesting park that even young kids are not bored. It is always nice to have a breath of nature in such a busy city- even if people crowd to see it.
Such a great place to find little pockets of wonder!
You can enjoy it with a clsuter of folks all afternoon, or get lost there for an hour by yourself for the entire day. Whether it's enjoying the lights of the city at the darkest time of night, or taking in the sunshine at high noon, the HIGH LINE as a little something for everyone at any time, day or night!
A few active neighborhood engagers saw something in the wildly seeded, abandoned elevated tracks on the lower west side of the city. The partnership they built with the city and private partners selected a Dutch plantsman who forms with the shapes and colors of things living, breathing and leaving seeds and great winter shapes. The meandering walk includes unique seating that moves on the tracks and spectator seating over city streets. Never repetitive, the walk is also dotted with art (which sometimes speaks to us..really!)
A pleasure in every season, and especially in the rain.