The High Line

Like Central Park, this relatively new park is a welcome interruption on the urban grid of Manhattan.  The unique aspect about this park is its elevated nature.  Between the 1930s and 50s, the elevated freight tracks that the park now stands on were used to transport food and manufactured goods to the warehouses and factories in Chelsea.  These tracks were originally built in response to all the traffic accidents and deaths that occurred when the trains ran on the streets.  Today, the park is a testament to creative recycling and preservation.

This is the entrance at Gansevoort Street

The tracks are still visible beneath the foliage

It’s very odd to see grass growing out of concrete. There’s also plenty of seating along the whole stretch. The best seating is towards the middle of the park, where the rolling chaise lounge chairs are located. It’s great seating if you can snag one. They’re very popular.

Butterflies already call this place home among the native species of wildflowers planted here.

A glass-enclosed sitting area gives you a view of the traffic below. It’s a good spot for a picnic.

A view from the end of the line…for now. There are plans to extend the park further north.

The High Line is located between 10th and 11th Ave and currently stretches from Gansevoort St to 20th St. There are entrances at Gansevoort St, 14th St (elevator access), 16th St (elevator access), 18th St, and 20th St. The park is open daily from 7am to 8pm. I recommend going during the daytime and coming back some other time at night. (The park takes on a different personality at night.) Dogs and bikes are not allowed.


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6 Responses to “The High Line”

  1. Melissa Z Says:

    I love the High Line! Never saw a butterfly there though. Lucky you! Can’t believe in the few weeks it’s been since I last visited that it’s gotten so lush and green already. Must go back.

    • TheOutdoorNewYorker Says:

      I took these pics last year. It’s probably not that lush yet, but should look just like that in a few weeks! I’ve been ramping up the blog the past few months with past pics until the weather gets beautiful enough for some serious outdoor exploring! Then it’ll become real-time pics!

  2. Karyn Eisler Says:

    Amazing! I love this.

  3. gargupie Says:

    Great photos! I went there last summer and then again in late winter. Planning to go there again. 🙂

  4. TheOutdoorNewYorker Says:

    We are VERY lucky the city gave us some more green space instead of tearing the tracks down!

  5. gargupie Says:

    it’s another tourist attraction really. A great business for the restaurants and stores below.

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