The High Line

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The High Line
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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.

By: Tolly Wright


Venue name: The High Line
Address: Washington St at Gansevoort St
New York
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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