As we enter the hotter days of the year here in NYC, everyone seems to flock to certain parts of the city to expose themselves to the sunshine. There are many, many walks around Manhattan that are perfect for a sunny spring day. A part of the city I was unaware of before moving here is The High Line!
The High Line is an old above-ground subway track that has been renovated into a park! It begins up on 34th street and 10th Avenue and runs all the way down to 14th Street in the Meat Packing District. It is the perfect route to get you downtown whilst being surrounded by some incredible sites and scenery. I took my parents to the High Line back in October when they were visiting and they fell in love with it. It seems like a world away from the streets below.
It starts here on 34th Street the beginning section curves round to 30th street alongside the Hudson River. I met Gino here yesterday for a wonder along the park and caught him trying to be a New Yorker. The first section curves around the train yard for Penn Station and its so cool to see the complete contrast of the city and the greenery that covers the park. We got here around 4:30PM and it was so so busy. In the past I have found that going to the High Line around an hour before it closes is the quietest and it is equally as spectacular at night.
- Dec 1 to Mar 31: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Apr 1 to May 31: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- June 1 to Sept 30: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Oct 1 to Nov 30: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
The time we were on the High Line (around an hour) was still easy to walk along without it feeling too crammed. Its great that the High Line is accessible as well, with a lot of the varying entrances and exits to the park having elevator access from street level.
As you curve into 30th Street, the park begins to head downtown weaving between skyscrapers down alongside 10th Avenue. There is various spots along the way down to sit down and there are even more spots that are great photo opportunities. Photo opportunities that are surrounded by the greenery found in the park or that are overlooking the streets of NYC.
It really is a little break from the city, and it is such a unique way to relax. There is so much to see and do up on top of the park as well. I remember when I first visited the park, right near the 30th street entrance there was a new project where you could add a piece of Lego to an art sculpture of the skyline of Manhattan. There is several buskers that add to the atmosphere of the High Line, as well as many art pieces and sculptures that are frequently changed, but more on that later. One thing I also noticed this time was that there was a lot of accessible park rangers that were patrolling the park. I didn't know if this was because it was busier but it really adds to the safety of the park and the care it is under.
If you're nosy, like I am, the High Line offers a great opportunity to see many different apartments that overlook the park itself. Some of the buildings hold host to some incredible art. Up until January there was a Banksy art installation and several murals surrounding the topic of "love". As you head down the middle section of the High Line you can see the path begins to widen and looks busier. This is where the Lawn is. A popular picnic spot and a place that holds host to a lot of the Summer Programs the High Line has to offer. Its a huge expansive lawn that overlooks 23rd street, a unique spot to bring visitors or guests. On that note, if you are visiting for a short amount of time over the next few months, I highly recommend leaving some free time to give the High Line a visit, you will not be disappointed.
The final section of the park heads over the top of the Meat Packing District. You can identify the incredibly architecture the district is known for and the park begins to weave through the various buildings, including Chelsea Market. First at this section is 10th Avenue Square and City Overlook. A section dedicated to a huge window view of the avenue. The views really are breathtaking and you can see why the park is so popular. You then head into the Chelsea Market stop where you can stop at information and get details on any upcoming events. You can grab a bite to eat at Terrior, or a cup of flavoured shaved ice. They even have a little gift stand for the hardcore High Line attendees. I love this section of the High Line as the park really begins to transition back into the buzz of the city as you head toward the end of the park itself.
You get a final whack of nature at the end of the High Line as you head back into the busy streets of Chelsea/Meat Packing. Towards the end of the park you'll find a lot of the art installations as well as the entrance to the Whitney Museum, one of Manhattans most popular museums.
The High Line really is one of the best spots, year round, that Manhattan has to offer. Cost-effective and a guaranteed great time. Check out the High Line's website for more information regarding access as well as the upcoming events they have to offer by clicking here.
Have you visited the High Line? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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