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UPDATE: The High Line is closed until further notice.

Everything you need to know about visiting the High Line (New York, NY).

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.

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Why is it called the High Line?
The 1.45 mile-long park, which first opened in 2009, was originally created entirely on an abandoned elevated train track, snaking above the otherwise industrial West Side neighborhoods (Meatpacking, Chelsea, Hudson Yards). 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.

When should I go?
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. Sunset is also a very popular time, so, if you can, try for a morning or afternoon walk.

Can I eat and drink there?
Yes! Something about the smell of fresh greenery makes treats from artisanal vendors selling ice cream and original sodas taste all the more refreshing. Grab Blue Bottle Coffee, Melt Bakery, People's Pops, or drinks at the Terroir at the Porch bar.

What else can I see and do here?
There are rotating works of sculpture and art by different artists every season. 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.

Where to eat nearby:
Try one of the best restaurants near the High Line.

Where to drink nearby:
Try one of the best bars near the High Line.

What to do nearby:
-Try out golf, mini-golf, gymnastics, laser tag and more at Chelsea Piers
-See a concert at the Highline Ballroom
-See a comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade
-Check out the Whitney Museum of Art
-Check out the many nearby art galleries

Our editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues in New York, so that you're always in the know, with the best of NY at your fingertips. This page was most recently updated on June 30, 2017.

By: Tolly Wright



Address: Washington St at Gansevoort St
New York
Cross street: to Tenth Ave at 30th St
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Opening hours: Daily 7am–11pm
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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.

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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.

I really enjoyed walking the length of the High Line, starting with a trip to the Whitney Museum and walking all the way to the end. I went in late October, which was actually very sunny and warm and there were still lots of people walking it. There are plenty of places to stop, food vendors, modern art along the way and an abundance of trees and flowers. Watching 10th from the glass window about half way down the high-line was cool.


So long as you don't hit this walkway at the time of day when absolutely everyone else in New York is then you're near guaranteed a good time. The High Line is thoughtful, interactive architecture at it's best and it allows you a snaking view of Manhattan unlike any that has gone before it. If you really want to go full tourist and soak up every sight on every corner, not to mention the small galleries, shops & food along the way, then allow yourself at least a couple of hours. This should tide you over to enjoy an ice cream or whatever else Chelsea Market has to offer on the other side!


Tucked away behind 10th, this thin, vertical park that runs North to South behind 10th is really something special. High above the houses and with great views of the Hudson and the streets below, thus old railway track now has a pathway for people to meander down, and plants either side to give it a park vibe. We walked down it on a sunny day and more open areas feature places to stop off at to look at art exhibitions, get an ice cream or buy some trinkets at a small market. A really cool place unlike any I've been to. Very unique!

I've lived in NYC for 20 years, and the High Line remains my favorite venue in the city. I take all of my friends here (if they're from here or from far away), and never fail to be awed by how adaptable it is: for a date, a picnic, a walk before a meal or trip to the Whitney... If you're in New York, whether you live here or not, you MUST go! The view is gorgeous, the flowers are fresh, and there's always some sort of suprise –– a film screening, bar special, who knows! And the neighborhood is perfect for shopping, wandering, eating. You could fill up a whole day just by making your way over here.

Write a review...The Highline is an attraction New Yorkers and tourists can both enjoy. With nearby Chelsea Market and views of the Hudson River, there is much to like about taking a quick stroll or spending a few hours here. 

The city has done a great job of maintaining and improving upon the space. It does get quite crowded when the weather is nice so sometimes it is difficult to navigate on. With food and drink vendors, artwork, and beautifully maintained greenery, the Highline is a public space worthy of a visit. 

Happy exploring and remember: Don't deny, satisfy! 

It's an old railway that has been changed by a pedestrian walk. It's really cute with trees, plants and deck chairs in some places. You have a view of the city from above, also on industrial equipments and the Hudson. It really changes from what we usually see and think of New York. I enjoyed it because it's peaceful and there is modern art on the path.

The High Line is great for a day when you want to do something, but are on a budget. The High Line is completely free to visit and walk along, although there are some food vendors along the way. During the summer months there is also a bar with some good views of the Hudson River as well. The High Line provides a great walk with plenty of seating to stop and rest, or picnic, along the way. There are also many pieces of art to see along with the great views, and not to forget the even better people watching! I agree with some of the other reviews that say each time you visit is a bit of a different experience. Get out there and enjoy!

One of my favorite parts of visiting NYC is visiting The High Line. The park is such a beautiful part of the big city and is a relaxing place to people watch and hang out. I suggest bringing some snacks or Artichoke Pizza (nearby) and staying for awhile!

The High Line is a great tourist attraction, if you are looking for something a little different than the typical tourist attractions. I have found that each time I go here I get a different experience.

The High Line is a beautiful part of the chelsea neighborhood. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, it's a quite extensive walkway that provides much needed nature in the middle of the city. Filled with various plants, and trees, it offers breathtaking views of the city. For select times, there are also various events held on the highline such as stargazing. Great for a romantic date, or hanging out with friends. There's a bunch of great restaurants in the area, so if you're looking for the perfect place to eat, this is it. Make sure to stop by to take in some nature and great city views, take a walk, or have a nice spot to relax!

I love walking the high line, especially at night! It's a great place to either go on a date or take friends who are visiting from out of the city! The murals and sculptures are fun to look at along the way! A little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below!

One of my favorite ways to kill time on the west side. I recommend starting from 23rd street and working your way down so you end up where the food vendors are. It's likely crowded no matter what time you go but there are plenty of places to just sit and relax. 

The High Line is not to be missed, for tourists and locals alike. The entire park is a genius idea executed perfectly. A former subway line converted into a beautiful, modern, minimalist park, with the requisite spending opportunities punctuated with beautiful views and a new approach to creating public shared spaces. It connects vibrant areas of the city, with a nice mix of increasingly pricey restaurants, museums, and nightlife options. Obviously recommended to walk the full length, but it can be fun to just try and catch the the times and spaces that aren't packed (as the High Line typically is...) 


The high line is great because it's one of the very rare parks/public spaces in New York that;s also surrounded by a ton of great food options. It's long enough that you can also find seating in certain areas and don't have to worry about being harassed by a ton of pigeons. You can always pop down to see a cool art gallery, get a drink or take an amazing instagram. 

Plus you get a great view of the water. This is a definite yes when in the city! 

Everyone below this post has given the High Line 4 or 5 stars, and I can't argue with that! This is a fun spot to walk with little shops, artwork, and food stands set up across the entire path. Built along an old train track, the High Line is an incredibly unique and fun part of NYC where you can spend 2 minutes there, or a whole day strolling along. You can see great views of the city and Jersey from the High Line, which spans from the mid 30's Streets all the way down to the Meatpacking District on Gansevoort Street. A fun activity for both locals and tourists!

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.  

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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. 

The Highline is an above ground park that overlooks NYC. Step outside of the craziness in the streets and enjoy a walk on The Highline. Have some food or drinks from the side vendors and take in the sites. The best part is that it is totally free and good for tourists and locals.

The best non-touristy tourist experience in NYC. I bring all of my visiting friends to the High Line (and visit frequently without out of towners as well). Not only is the park itself really amazing - with new and interesting fixtures and architecture around every corner, amazing food and art vendors, abandoned train tracks from the original structure and greenery - but it offers great views of Chelsea (including a peak into luxury apartments), the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and New York's Skyline. It's also a great spot for people watching or sunbathing (get there early to nab a wooden lounge chair) on a nice summer day. 

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.  

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