High Line Park in New York

High Line Park in New York

High Line Park in New York is a long stretched park on an elevated train track, in the middle of Manhattan. The park runs from Meatpacking District to Hudson Yards and is visited by millions every year. A walk through the park offers you great views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. A welcome change to the hustle and bustle of the busy Manhattan streets.

High Line Railroad

High Line Park is located on a 2.3 kilometre elevated train track that was built during the 1930s but was no longer being used. Since 1934, the railroad, which runs parallel to 10th Avenue, was used for transporting meat and poultry to the west side of Manhattan. As more transportation became available by highway, the railroad became unnecessary and the last train rode on these tracks in 1980.

In 2003, it was estimated that development of High Line Park would cost $150 million. This was an amount that the city did not have. However, because of the anticipated rise in the real estate market for the homes surrounding High Line Park, which would yield tax revenue, the city decided to go ahead and build the park.

In 2006, construction began on the first of three sections and, in June 2009, the first section was opened to the public. On June 8, 2011, the second part of the park opened. The final section of the park was finished and opened to the public in September 2014. In the summer of 2019 an extra stretch of The High Line opened above Tenth Avenue and 30th Street, called ‘Spur’. This part is the last remaining section of the original rail structure.

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High Line Park Tour

If you want to explore High Line Park while learning about its history (that dates back to 1847!) then take this High Line Park walking tour. On this 2-hour tour you will hear about New York’s “West Side Cowboys” and the variety of plants that make the 2.33 km park so beautiful. After wandering through the park you will be able to visit the White Star Pier, where those that survived the Titanic disembarked, and the old Nabisco factory, where the Oreo Cookie was invented. I advise to do this tour from the end of March until the end of October as the park will be in full bloom.

Book your tickets for the High Line Park walking tour here

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Practical Information

  • Location: High Line Park is located on the west side of Manhattan, between Gansevoort Street (Meatpacking District) and West 34th Street at the height of 10th and 12th Avenue.
  • Opening Hours: 
    • Dec 1 – Mar 31 from 07:00 – 19:00
    • Apr 1 – May 31 from 07:00 – 22:00
    • June 1 – Sept 30 from 7:00 – 23:00
    • Oct 1 – Nov 30 from 07:00 – 22:00
Eric’s tip: To me, the High Line Park is a unique and extraordinary park in New York. The park has beautiful vistas, a unique view of the city, and ‘urban nature’. In the spring and summertime, High Line Park is at its best. In the winter, most of the plants are gone, but the park is still worth visiting.

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