The High Line | New York, NY
Everything you need to know about visiting the High Line (New York, NY).
In a city famously known as a concrete jungle with crowded streets, astronomical property rates and few green spaces, the High Line is a key example of New York’s willingness to transform, adapt and innovate.
Why is it called the High Line?
The 1.45 mile-long park, which first opened in 2009, was originally created entirely on an abandoned elevated train track, snaking above the otherwise industrial West Side neighborhoods (Meatpacking, Chelsea, Hudson Yards). Today millions clamour for the dazzling views of the Hudson River, downtown New York’s skyline and, for some voyeurs, the guest rooms at the Standard Hotel. Artists, who were already flocking to Chelsea’s gallery scene, have found an appreciative audience with massive murals, abstract sculptures and a few performance pieces cropping up around and within view of the park. Recently one of the city’s most distinguished cultural institutions The Whitney Museum of American Art recently moved within view of The High Line.
When should I go?
The spot is most popular during the warm months. While the flowers and plants–a selection that is mostly indigenous to the region–are in bloom, the wood lounge chairs are coveted. Sunset is also a very popular time, so, if you can, try for a morning or afternoon walk.
Can I eat and drink there?
Yes! Something about the smell of fresh greenery makes treats from artisanal vendors selling ice cream and original sodas taste all the more refreshing. Grab Blue Bottle Coffee, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, or drinks at the Terroir at the Porch bar.
What else can I see and do here?
There are rotating works of sculpture and art by different artists every season. During certain evenings the Amateur Astronomer Association leads free star gazing nights and lively cultural happenings like latin dance nights. The best part, however, has to be the people watching: Grab a seat on the stairs over looking busy Tenth Avenue and see locals and visitors from all walks of life milling their way about the city.
Where to eat nearby:
Try one of the best restaurants near the High Line.
Where to drink nearby:
Try one of the best bars near the High Line.
What to do nearby:
-Try out golf, mini-golf, gymnastics, laser tag and more at Chelsea Piers
-See a concert at the Highline Ballroom
-See a comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade
-Check out the Whitney Museum of Art
-Check out the many nearby art galleries