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The High Line in NYC guide

The best things to do at the High Line—NYC's most unique park—include great views of Manhattan, events and food vendors

There are few places more pleasant than a sunny afternoon on the High Line. NYC's only elevated park is one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations, and it's easy to see why. A rail track that went out of use in 1980, the High Line was resurrected as a 1.45-mile-long green space in 2009, running from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea. Today it’s an urbanite’s playground planted with wildflowers and grasses, offering walkers some of the best views in NYC, and that makes the park simultaneously removed from the city and an inextricable part of it. Check out our essential guide to the High Line for our pick of the best things to do outside, food and drink offerings, and things to do on and around this airy strip of West Side heaven.

Things to do at the High Line in NYC

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10 amazing free things you can do on the High Line this summer

One of the best things about spring and summer in New York is the chance to spend an afternoon walking along one of NYC’s most innovative parks: the High Line! But there’s a lot more you can do than just walk from one end to the other taking in the elevated views. In fact, Friends of the High Line launches their 2016 programming season this Saturday with a giant celebration. Get ready for live performances, stargazing and more this summer. 1. Culture Shock This huge celebration marks the official kick-off to this year’s season. From Gansevoort to West 26th Street, the High Line will be full of live music, dancing, poetry, comedy, storytelling and spoken word performances. It’s definitely not an event you’re gonna want to miss. 2. High Line Tour: From Freight To FlowersThis free tour tells the story behind the High Line, and how the popular attraction came to be. It runs every Tuesday at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 10am from May to October. Guides will give you a unique look at the park's history, design and landscape. 3. Wildlife Tour: High Line As HabitatThis free tour of the High Line is all about the animals. A horticulturalist and resident wildlife expert will guide you through the park and provide information on how pollinators, birds and other wildlife use the space as a habitat and forage in the gardens. 4. StargazingEvery Tuesday through October, this fun night-time event gives you a closer look at the stars above the city. Members of the Amateur Astronomers Associati

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High Line map for sightseeing around the park

Use our High Line map to find a place to lounge outdoors or plan a stroll down Chelsea's elevated park

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Things to do near the High Line

This beautiful, one-of-a-kind park has locals and tourists alike flocking to take in its scenic views and greenery. Running a span of more than 15 blocks, the High Line allows for tons of opportunities to stop by an adjacent fun-having spot. Grab lunch at Chelsea Market or one of many other nearby eateries, peruse the art galleries and museums, or take a stroll over in Hudson River Park.  Be sure you make time to stop by one of these awesome places near the High Line.RECOMMENDED: Full High Line in NYC guide

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Restaurants near the High Line

Fuel up before you amble along the green space—or fill your belly after a day of exploration.

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Bars

Bars near the High Line

After you've seen the park, unwind at one of these watering holes.

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Entertainment near the High Line

After sunning yourself on the elevated park, soak up some culture at these spots.

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Shopping near the High Line

Where to find fancy duds, home goods and more.

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Controversial sleepwalker sculpture wakes up the High Line

It’s spring, which means another season of art projects taking up the High Line. But this year’s edition includes something sure to grab people’s attention, because it already has. The creation of artist Tony Matelli—who’s exhibited at MoMA PS 1 as well as numerous Chelsea galleries—Sleepwalker, as the piece is called, is a life-size hyper-realistic figure of a shaven-headed man wearing nothing but a pair of tighty-whities. Eyes closed with arms stretched limply in front of him, he appears to be experiencing the bout of somnambulism suggested by the title. The result is uncanny, but this is not the work’s first public appearance. In 2014, Sleepwalker was installed on the campus of Wellesley, the distinguished women’s college just outside of Boston, causing some of the students to lose some shut eye over his appearence. A petition was circulated calling for the sculpture’s removal because it had become “a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community.” It probably didn’t help matters that the work seem to materialize overnight in the middle of February after a snow storm, and that, it looked convincingly like a real person a dorm window. (Or up close, for that matter.) Here in New York, though, Matelli’s creation is less likely to get people’s undies in a bunch. This is, after all, the city that never sleeps

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24 beautiful photos of the empty High Line at sunrise

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Public art on the High Line

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The High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public

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The NYC walking tour of the High Line

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The next section of the High Line will feature a giant piazza

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Secrets of the High Line

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The Torrisi trio launches their High Line project, Santina, on Monday

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2 comments
Aldita B
Aldita B

Me & my family love this place

Truly terrific

christopher v
christopher v

there is NOTHING like THE HIGH LINE:  ingenuity, engineering, horticulture, construction, reclamation, conservation, recycling, maintenance (i'm sure i left out other occupational contributors...........please forgive me or add your specialty to any that i've listed)...........................AND COORDINATION OF ALL OF THESE EFFORTS.  SIMPLY INCREDIBLE.  NYC NEEDS TO BRING MORE OF THIS INVENTIVENESS TO OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY.


AND FINALLY...................THE ABSOLUTE BEAUTY FOUND IN THE HIGH LINE.  THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME THOUGHT-PROVOKING SPECIALTY FOR EVERYONE VISITING THIS INGENOUS PARK IN THE SKY.