The High Line in New York City has been a fairly recent addition to the city’s must-see attractions. It was opened in its current form just in 2014!

 

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New York High Line

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But what is the High Line?

It  is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. The last train operated in 1980. The park is maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. What a great idea, don’t you think?

 

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What does it look like from below?

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New York High Line from outside

It looks like a bridge or indeed like a railway viaduct, which is what it was.

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What does the city look like from the High Line?

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If you decide to walk along it, the view of the city will look like this:

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On a snowy day

On a snowy day

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On a cloudy day

On a cloudy day

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On a sunny day

On a sunny day

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It gives a new perspective of the city and a new viewpoint. You no longer have to stretch your neck to look up and you can see some of the sights from another angle. For example, the Empire State Building:

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New York Empire State Building from High Line

 

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Or you can now see the river Hudson more easily than from most places in Manhattan:

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Imagine having a drink while gazing at this view...

Imagine having a drink while gazing at this view…

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You can even see the Meatpacking District from above!

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What’s there to see on the High Line?

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During the warm seasons, there’s a variety of flora along the rail tracks, which looks quite cool! The last few times I was there though, nothing was in bloom. Except for this one plant:

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New York High Line bloom

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So, if you wanna see green plants and flowers in full bloom, visit the High Line in the spring or summer.

Unless you wanna see images like the one above with snow on the tracks,  which is more unique! 😀

The good thing is that, regardless of the season, there’s public art along the way.

For example:

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"To employee the mistress... It's a French toff thing" by Ryan Gander

“To employee the mistress… It’s a French toff thing” by Ryan Gander. It normally sprinkles water! Really! I’ve seen it on photos!

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"Above the line" by Kerry James Marshall

“Above the line” by Kerry James Marshall

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"WIndow" by Andrew Wekua. On the right side there's another one of the many beautiful Frank Gehry buildings!

“WIndow” by Andrew Wekua.
On the right side there’s another one of the many beautiful Frank Gehry buildings! I love Frank Gehry’s works!

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"Blocks" by Rashid Johnson

“Blocks” by Rashid Johnson

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Where can I stop along the way and what can I do there?

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  1. My favourite place to stop when I’m at the High Line is the Chelsea Market!

The Chelsea Market fills an entire block bounded by 9th and 10th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets.

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Inside it there are several food establishments and many cool shops selling everything from homeware and groceries to books and clothes! It’s like a shopping mall with a modern and alternative twist!

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The clock that everyone takes a photo of inside the Chelsea Market!

The clock that everyone takes a photo of inside the Chelsea Market!

 

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One of the clothes shops

One of the clothes shops

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2. But the coolest place for another stop is the Meatpacking District end of the High Line, where:

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  • You can ice skate in the winter! Even if you don’t know how to! Exactly like I do! It’s fun! For the ones looking at least! 😀

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Meatpacking District ice skating

The Standard Hotel ice skating rink

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"Self Portrait" by Alex Israel

“Self Portrait” by Alex Israel

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"Poodle" by Jeff Koons

“Poodle” by Jeff Koons

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"Quarantania" by Louise Bourgeois

“Quarantania” by Louise Bourgeois

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This is what the area looks like pretty much!

This is what the area looks like pretty much!

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The Skylit Seating Area of the Market

The Skylit Seating Area of the Market. Beautiful!

 

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  • Or use the High Line as the way to get to the Meatpacking District, which is so cool it deserves its own time to be explored! It’s so nice getting lost and exploring all the gems (galleries, restaurants, bars, unique shops etc) around it!

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The artworks along the Line change, so that makes it more interesting to go back to. And the plants look different with the change of the seasons, too. I believe this map gets updated frequently.

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Check also their website for different themed toursprojects and events!

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MAP

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The New York High Line was inspired by Paris’ Promenade Plantée. I’ll be visiting Paris later this month. Have you been there? Should I give it a try?