Once a railroad track carrying freight trains, this elevated space has been transformed into a green retreat in the spirit of Paris's Promenade Plantée and is one of the most visited parks in the city. A long "walking park" with benches, public art installations, and views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the High Line runs north-south, crisscrossing 9th, 10th, and 11th avenues in West Chelsea along the way. Reclining chaise longues and strategically situated
benches are perfect for a picnic lunch (Chelsea Market is a convenient place to pick up fixings). The first section of the High Line, between Gansevoort and West 20th streets, opened in 2009 and was immediately the talk of the town. The second section of the park, up to West 30th Street, opened in 2011, doubling the length of the walkway. The final section of the park, currently under construction, runs between West 30th and West 34th streets, wrapping around the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. Plans include a performance space, a kids' playspace, picnic areas, and panoramic views of the cityscape and Hudson River. Construction will be completed in three phases over the next several years, with the first phase opening in fall 2014.
Oct 31, 2011
My spouse and I have been hearing about and reading about this abandoned railway turned elevated park for several years, and we were finally able to checked it out on our last visit to NYC in early October 2011. What a wonderful way to spend a few hours, or alternatively, what a creative way to walk from Gansevoort Street (just below 12th Street) and 10th Avenue to 30th Street (and 10th Avenue). The 1+ mile pathway is varied as it winds itself for
blocks and blocks through the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and the Lower West Side, featuring different types of seating, unique plantings, and various things to look at. There are a few vendors along the way selling drinks and snack-type food, and a few artists selling their work. There are restrooms toward the middle of the park (at 16th Street), as well as elevator access at 14th, 16th, 30th, and Highline volunteers are staged every so often to offer assistance and “police” the area. We walked the Highline twice on the same weekend – the first day it rained halfway through our walk, so we went back the next day because the weather was better. There were huge crowds on both days, and walking took quite a bit of time. No dogs are allowed, nor are bikes, nor is smoking. A very enjoyable way to spend the day!