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!
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?
What does it look like from below?
It looks like a bridge or indeed like a railway viaduct, which is what it was.
What does the city look like from the High Line?
If you decide to walk along it, the view of the city will look like this:
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:
Or you can now see the river Hudson more easily than from most places in Manhattan:
You can even see the Meatpacking District from above!
What’s there to see on the High Line?
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:
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.
Where can I stop along the way and what can I do there?
- 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.
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!
2. But the coolest place for another stop is the Meatpacking District end of the High Line, where:
- 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! 😀
- You can visit the Whitney Museum of American Art and its cool exhibits!
- Or you can shop and have a snack at the funky Gansevoort Market on Gansevoort Street!
You can find some quirky groceries like the wasabi and horseradish flavoured cheddar cheese that I bought for a friend of mine!
- 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!
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.
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?