The High Line in NYC guide

Here’s everything you need to know about the High Line—NYC’s elevated park that offers cool things to do and public art

The High Line
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No matter the time of year, there’s nothing quite like taking a walk on the High Line. NYC’s elevated park is certainly one of the more popular New York attractions, and it's the perfect place to take out-of-town visitors. It 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 and things to do 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

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.

The best things to do in Chelsea
Things to do

The best things to do in Chelsea

The best things to do in Chelsea vary from gorging on insanely delicious mac-and-cheese at one of the nabe’s best restaurants to lounging outdoors.

The best Chelsea art galleries
Art

The best Chelsea art galleries

As one of the major art hubs in New York City, Chelsea's gallery scene certainly takes the cake.  

The best restaurants in Chelsea
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Chelsea

Chelsea has many excellent places to eat and drink the next time you’re strolling the High Line or checking out the area’s art galleries.

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
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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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

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Shopping near the High Line
Shopping

Shopping near the High Line

We all know and love the High Line for its great views and perfect opportunity to sport some shades and sunbathe above Tenth Avenue. But below this elevated park are shops that offer everything from vegan skincare to trendy seasonal duds. Whether you’re searching for what to wear to the next festival, or looking for your next beach read, this shopping destination has some of the coolest boutiques around.RECOMMENDED: Full High Line in NYC guide

High Line map for sightseeing around the park
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High Line map for sightseeing around the park

If you’re searching for free things to do in NYC, walking and exploring the High Line doesn’t cost a dime. Use our High Line map to discover a piece of Gotham’s history (FYI: The modern trail is made of old railroad tracks), while ogling the latest art in New York and snacking on tasty bites from local eateries, while enjoying the most breathtaking views in NYC. And forget having a picnic in the best NYC parks—the High Line is the perfect spot to escape and eat lunch during a workday. RECOMMENDED: Full High Line in NYC guide

Chelsea bars near the High Line
Bars

Chelsea bars near the High Line

The former elevated train tracks were reborn in June 2009 as the High Line park, which opened an extension up to 30th Street last year. With food concessions, a rotating series of artworks, sumptuous gardens, vistas and an outpost of wine bar Terroir, it’s rapidly become a New York favorite. After meandering the length of the 20-block park, take the weight off with a summer drink at one of these Chelsea bars.RECOMMENDED: Full High Line in NYC guide

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