5 ways to enjoy the High Line's fifth anniversary
Get the most out of New York's favorite elevated park with these fun things to do
Wed Jun 11 2014
The High Line
It's rare one finds serenity in a city known for its chaos. But thanks to The High Line, New Yorkers can take a nice chill walk along a shrubbery-filled path so peaceful you almost can't hear the city happening just a few feet below. This one-mile-long greenway opened in June of 2009 in place of the New York Central Railroad, marking five years this tranquil park has softened grimaces of even the hardest New Yorkers. So in honor of the High Line's five-year anniversary, here are five things to do in one of New York's favorite little escapes.
Find out how this beautiful quiet space in New York came to be, with an in-depth, hour-long tour provided by the High Line's docents. Feel free to stay for dinner and dessert after your tour at one of the High Line's many vendors.
The High Line gets dressed up with all-new foliage each season under the direction of Dutch planting designer Piet Oudolf. On this tour you'll be guided through the details of this special horticultural design by one of High Line's gardeners. You may even pick up a few tips to use in a garden space of your own! All ages.
It’s a fund-raiser for the High Line. It’s also a damn good shindig, if you can pony up the money: You’ll be among high society, quite literally. Drink outside in midtown without the fear of police hauling you to the station.
Sway those hips to the beat of timbal drums at this free Latin dance party for the young and old. The "Last Mambo King" Orlando Marin will jam out with his Bronx band to traditional salsa and merengue tunes while you shimmy, shake or just watch the pros. Once those dancing shoes have had enough, relax under the stars with dinner and dessert from the many High Line vendors.
Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (aaa.org) lead these star-spotting expeditions, pointing out celestial bodies above the park. Follow the High Line’s Twitter feed (@highlinenyc) for updates in the event of inclement weather. Tue, starts at sunset.
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