Things to do near the High Line

After sunning yourself on the elevated park, partake in some culture at these hot spots

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Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

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.

Chelsea Piers Golf Club (Photograph courtesy Chelsea Piers)

Chelsea Piers Golf Club (Photograph courtesy Chelsea Piers)

Chelsea Piers

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It's pretty much impossible to get bored at this recreational complex, which has served the needs of sporty New Yorkers for more than 15 years. Warm weather brings out the golf fanatics, who can thwack balls until midnight every day ($25 for 90 balls; off peak $25 for 147 balls). But if that's not your thing, there are plenty of other athletic options—including batting cages, rock-climbing walls and bowling—to keep you entertained.

  1. Eleventh Ave, (between 17th and 23rd Sts)
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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

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The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy.

  1. 75 Ninth Ave, (at 16th St)
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Highline Ballroom

  • Price band: 2/4

The shows at this club—located right underneath the High Line (hence the name) span burlesque performers, lit readings and musical acts. (Steve Martin recently brought his ukulele stylings to the club.) The venue also offers a full menu (and some shows do require a $10 food or drink purchase if you want to snag a table).

  1. 431 W 16th St, (between Ninth and Tenth Aves)
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Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park Photograph: Courtesy HRP Trust

Hudson River Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • Free

This strip of waterfront park stretches from Battery Park to 59th Street, allowing you to walk, bike or skate while looking at the Hudson River and New Jersey. There are flowers, benches, piers and lots of programs—including youth sports and kayak rides in the river.

  1. Battery Park City to 59th St, (at West Side Hwy)
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Improv shows at the UCB are a rite of passage for many NYC comedians; funny folks who've performed on its tiny stage include Aziz Ansari, Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler (one of the theater's cofounders) and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer. You really can't go wrong with any of the offerings, but if you've never been before, it's worth staking out a spot for ASSSSCAT 3000 (Sun 7:30, 9:30pm; 7:30pm $10; 9:30pm free, a limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm). Originally started by the original UCB members, the long-running show regularly features guests whom you may recognize from Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report and more.

  1. 307 W 26th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Rubin Museum

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Rubin Museum of Art

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Opened in 2004, this six-story museum (once home to Barneys New York) houses Donald and Shelley Rubin’s impressive collection of Himalayan art and artifacts, as well as large-scale temporary exhibitions.

  1. 150 W 17th St, (at Seventh Ave), 10011
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