This elevated park runs from 34th street to Gansevoort Street (below 14th street) and is absolutely amazing. This is my 2nd time exploring the High Line. My first time was a year ago when I went for an early morning run – as did several other people.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
I accessed the High Line on 26th street, which is kind of in the middle, and walked towards Hudson Yards and then all the way back and down to 14th street where I got off.
I was there in September around noon and it was a lot more crowded than early in the morning, for sure. It felt like people were mostly tourists…taking pictures and walking slowly. But there were also some locals, taking a break or having lunch on one of the many benches. You can kind of separate the tourists from the locals by how fast they walk and how. I think tourists walk slower and look all over to take everything in while locals walk faster and with a more distinct sense of purpose, of going from point A to B.
Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape entailed not only years of planning, community input, and work by some of the city’s most inventive designers, but also more than two years of construction per section.
There were also several vendors selling snacks, beverages and souvenirs along the High Line. One thing that I didn’t see during my first visit was all the incredible artwork that’s placed along the High Line, especially below 26th street. I mean, there were some pretty phenomenal pieces. And the scenery changes a lot too. My favorite part is definitely below 26th street where you’ll find a lot more variation in the design, mini parks within the park and also larger open spaces.
The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running.
It’s definitely a great place to take pictures as there are some amazing views from up there.
The part above 26th street is still great to walk, because you’ll go past the Hudson Yards where they’re building several skyscrapers and you’ll get really close to the construction site…you almost feel like your part of it. I guess, you could consider it another (living and moving) piece of art. Once you reach the end of the High Line, you’ll have some great views of the Hudson River and of the subway trains parked below.
The High Line is free to enter and is open daily from 7 am till 7/10/11 pm, depending on the time of year. It’s a great place to visit and definitely a place I’ll want to come back to next time I’m in New York.
Website: www.thehighline.org Quotes above are from the High Line website.