High Line Park in New York

High Line Park in New York

High Line Park in New York is a long, stretching park, on an elevated train track, in the middle of Manhattan. The park runs from the Meatpacking District to Hudson Yard. It 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 has made great use out of a disused 2.3 kilometre elevated 1930’s train track. The railroad, which runs parallel to 10th Avenue, was used for transporting meat and poultry to the west side of Manhattan since 1934. Due to the increasing popularity of public transportation by highway, the railroad became unnecessary and closed in 1980.

In 2003, it was estimated that the development of High Line Park would cost as much as $150 million, an amount that the city didn’t have. However, due to an anticipated rise in real estate prices 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!) take this walking tour. On this 2-hour tour you’ll hear about New York’s “West Side Cowboys”. In addition to hearing about the variety of plants that make the 2.33 km park so beautiful. After wandering through the park, you will visit the White Star Pier. This is where the survivors of the Titanic disembarked. The old Nabisco factory, where the Oreo Cookie was invented is another highlight of the tour. I advise you to take this tour at the end of March until the end of October as the park will be in full bloom.

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Walking the High Line

You can also, of course, walk freely on the High Line in New York! The park is free to access and is the perfect route to cross Chelsea and reach Greenwich Village from the all-new Hudson Yards neighborhood, or vice versa. Here is the route on the High Line that I recommend:

You can access the very beginning of High Line Park on 34th Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue, entry onto the High Line is via a ramp, which is wheelchair accessible. Before starting the walk, take advantage of being in the Hudson Yards district to take a look at the Vessel with its impressive architecture.

The best way to enjoy the walk is to do it at your own pace, taking the time to stop to admire the view and take beautiful pictures of the cityscape in this typical New York industrial setting. Along your walk on the High Line, you will discover the emblematic places of the park such as:

  • Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover between 25th Street and 27th Street: The High Line takes height to raise you to the top of the treetops.
  • 10th Avenue Square & Overlook on 17th Street: Take a seat in this open-air amphitheater and watch the spectacle of the city in turmoil as well as real performances that regularly take place at this place.
  • Chelsea Market Passage between 15th Street and 16th Street: Take a gourmet break here by going down to the Chelsea Market. This market is located in an old cookie factory (Nabisco) and will delight your taste buds.
  • Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook on Gansevoort Street: A balcony overlooking the street that marks the southern limit of the High Line beyond which the railroad gave way to new housing in the 1980s.

After walking the entire High Line, you can reach the busy streets of New York at the intersection of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street. From there, you can walk to Greenwich Village, a neighborhood renowned for its village atmosphere and for having been the setting for several television series!

Eric’s tip: To me, the High Line Park is a unique and extraordinary park in New York. The park has beautiful views, 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.

Art on High Line Park

By strolling on the High Line, you will already be amazed by the sublime views it offers over the city. But notice to art lovers, the High Line Park also hosts many works of art. The High Line participates in more than 30 artistic projects each year, some of which are then exhibited in the park: shows, sculptures, murals or videos. This is what makes this outdoor walk a cultural discovery!

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

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