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
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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