The High Line in NYC guide

Here’s everything you need to know about the High Line—NYC’s elevated park—including things to do, art shows and more

The High Line
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When the weather is pleasant, there’s nothing quite like walking the High Line. NYC’s elevated park is certainly one of more popular New York attractions everyone needs to check off their list. To give you a bit of history, the High Line was once a rail track, which went out of use in 1980. In 2009, the 1.45-mile-long strip was transformed into what is now considered one of the most unique parks in NYC. The urbanite playground features wildflowers, greenery and outdoor art installations in addition to killer views of New York’s skyline. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know as well as our recommendations for things to do on the High Line, including where to grab a bite nearby.

Where is the High Line NYC?

The High Line runs from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea.

How do I get to the High Line NYC?

Take the 1 or C train to 23rd Street and walk up to Tenth Avenue.

Things to do at the High Line in NYC

Get drunk on the High Line at a very silly hat party this month
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Get drunk on the High Line at a very silly hat party this month

The train line turned pedestrian path will transform from basic to silly on June 14

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
Restaurants

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

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.  

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

24 beautiful photos of the empty High Line at sunrise

Public art on the High Line
Art

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

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

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

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

Go stargazing on the High Line this summer
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Go stargazing on the High Line this summer

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Comments

3 comments
Joan S

Do the elevators work, my sister has a walker.  I have seen the one on 14 Street near the Whitney, do any other work?  23 Street?

Aldita B

Me & my family love this place

Truly terrific

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.