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The High Line in NYC guide

The best things to do on the High Line—NYC’s most unique park—include epic views of the city, great artwork and events.

Photograph: Courtesy Iwan Baan

There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny afternoon on the High Line. NYC's only elevated park is one of Manhattan’s most popular New York attractions, and it's easy to see why. The High Line was formally a rail track, which went out of use in 1980. The 1.45-mile-long strip was resurrected in 2009 and turned into one of the best NYC Parks, which runs from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea. Today it’s an urbanite’s playground featuring lovely wildflowers, greenery and outdoor art, while offering walkers some of the best views in NYC. Check out our essential guide to the High Line featuring some of the best things to do outside as well as nearby food and drink offerings, and even more things to do on and around this airy strip of West Side heaven.

Things to do at the High Line in NYC

The best things to do near the High Line in NYC
Things to do

The best things to do near the High Line in NYC

After catching some rays on the elevated park, check out nearby attractions and more things to do near the High Line

The best restaurants near the High Line
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The best restaurants near the High Line

Fuel up or fill up your belly after a day walking through the elevated park with the best restaurants near the High Line

Here are the fun and free events coming to the High Line this summer
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Here are the fun and free events coming to the High Line this summer

Enjoy all the fun (and free!) entertainment offered 

A food walking tour of the High Line
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A food walking tour of the High Line

Here's a handy eating tour of the High Line, start to finish.  

See the new art on the High Line this summer
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See the new art on the High Line this summer

Summer in New York is primetime for doing cool outdoor stuff: and if you’re looking for something artsy, check the out public art projects around the city

The High Line's kicking off the summer season with an all-day party
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The High Line's kicking off the summer season with an all-day party

The elevated park has announced that its kick-off party for the season will be held next Saturday, April 22 from 1-6pm

High Line map for sightseeing around the park
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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

Bars near the High Line
Bars

Bars near the High Line

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

Entertainment near the High Line
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Entertainment near the High Line

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

Shopping near the High Line
Shopping

Shopping near the High Line

Where to find fancy duds, home goods and more.

The High Line in photos

Controversial sleepwalker sculpture wakes up the High Line

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

24 beautiful photos of the empty High Line at sunrise
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24 beautiful photos of the empty High Line at sunrise

Public art on the High Line
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Public art on the High Line

The High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public

The High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public

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Archive High Line coverage

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

The NYC walking tour of the High Line
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The NYC walking tour of the High Line

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

Secrets of the High Line
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Secrets of the High Line

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Comments

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.