Best things to do near the High Line in NYC
It's pretty impossible to get bored at this recreational complex, which has served the needs of sporty New Yorkers for more than 15 years. Warm weather brings out the golf fanatics, who can thwack balls until midnight every day ($25 for 90 balls; off peak $25 for 147 balls). But if that's not your thing, there are plenty of other athletic options—including batting cages, rock-climbing walls and bowling—to keep you entertained.
The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy. It’s also home to another Artists & Fleas. Just like the original location in Williamsburg, this version of Artists & Fleas features goods that run the gamut from art and design to fashion and vintage.
The shows at this club—located right underneath the High Line (hence the name) span burlesque performers, lit readings and musical acts. (Steve Martin recently brought his ukulele stylings to the club.) The venue also offers a full menu (and some shows do require a $10 food or drink purchase if you want to snag a table).
This strip of waterfront park stretches from Battery Park to 59th Street, allowing you to walk, bike or skate while looking at the Hudson River and New Jersey. There are flowers, benches, piers and lots of programs—including youth sports and kayak rides in the river.
Improv shows at the UCB are a rite of passage for many NYC comedians; funny folks who've performed on its tiny stage include Aziz Ansari, Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler (one of the theater's cofounders) and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer. You really can't go wrong with any of the offerings.
After nearly 50 years in its Marcel-Breur-designed building on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, the Whitney Museum decamped in 2015 to a brand new home in Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District, conceived by international architect Renzo Piano. Planted at the foot of the Highline along Gansevoort Street, the new Whitney building boasts some 63, 000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibition space.
The High Line is many things: The 1.45-mile-long freight rail–turned–urban park is a multi-purpose hub of stargazing sessions, opera performances, wildlife tours, Latin dance parties and, yes, plenty of food options. Whether you want something to nosh on while you hang or a restaurant nearby to drop by after your west-side stroll, here's a handy eating tour of the High Line, from start to finish.