The High Line is a popular rails-to-trails park and the end result of a visionary grassroots effort. Also, I think it’s the best way to get from Midtown to Chelsea. Let’s go for a walk.
The infrastructure for the High Line dates back to 1929 when the city decided to spend $150 million (in 1929 dollars, no less) on an elevated railroad. The city needed to get trains off the street level – because they were killing and maiming hundreds of pedestrians. So many were killed that this section of the West Side was called “Death Avenue.”
The beauty of High Line Park is the nod to that history. The rail lines that kept commerce moving (and pedestrians safe) are preserved at your feet and among the new growth.
In present day, the efforts of Friends of the High Line has resulted in a unique experience – and a boom for real estate along the revitalized line.
All over the park (including it’s sight lines) is evidence of the value of art. There are installations, murals and architecture along the full length of the corridor.
Einstein’s words are not lost on the young sailor.
10th Avenue Square and Overlook is an amphitheater that looks down onto 10th Avenue – as if to say 10th Avenue performs for the amusement of the park-goers.
My suggested itinerary for making the most of a High Line day would be to begin at the 7 line’s new Hudson Yards Station, walk to Chelsea Market for lunch and finish at the brand new Whitney Museum of American Art.
More from The High Line
Visit the High Line
High Line Park is open everyday at 7am. Depending on the season, the closing times change. Winter: 7pm, Spring: 10pm, Summer: 11pm, Fall: 10pm.
A variety of tours (gardens, art, general public) are offered. Check the park website for details.
Enter the park at any number of locations along it’s path, but the northern entrance is at W 34th St and 11th Ave and the southern entrance is at Washington St and Gansevoort St. The south entrance is just east of the Whitney Museum of Art, which we visit next.