The High Line
The High Line is one of the most beautiful walks in New York. It is a 2.3 kilometer long park built in place of the West Side Line, a disused elevated railway line. The route winds from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, through the Chelsea neighborhood, to the West Village, at 34th Street, near the Javits Convention Center and where Hudson Yards, the new commercial village. Residential that is a candidate to become an unmissable attraction for tourists in New York.
The New York High Line is an excellent example of urban redevelopment, which has breathed new life into the neighborhood. The area is now one of the trendiest, with some of the most sought-after real estate residences in Manhattan.
The High Line Park has quickly become one of the most visited attractions in New York, with an estimated 5 million visitors a year (more than the Statue of Liberty!). And it is also very popular with New Yorkers: for a walk, for jogging, to stop and read a book, to watch a summer show or admire some artists at work.
A walk on the High Line is one of the top 10 things to see in New York. It expresses the spirit of the city, in constant motion, capable of making a sad elevated railway in one of the most beautiful urban parks.
The first section was inaugurated in 2009, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. A second section was opened in 2011, up to 30th Street, then extended to 34th Street in 2014. High Line Park should include an additional small stretch from 30th Street towards 10th Avenue, which frames Hudson Yards.
The walk along the path of the High Line is very pleasant, along the way we will meet and see some beautiful places in New York:
“10th Avenue Square and Overlook”, is defined as “urban theater”; “Diller, von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature” and, a vantage point to enjoy a sunset overlooking New Jersey; “The Rail Yards”, a 360-degree view of the Hudson River, Midtown skyscrapers and West Side rail yards; “Hudson Yards”, the new commercial and residential “village” inaugurated on March 15, 2019, which forms an evocative outline of the first section north of the High Line; “The Spur” a large space to host public, artistic and cultural events. There is also “The Plinth”, a space dedicated to hosting monumental art installations.
Along the way you can pass under the Standard Hotel, one of the most beautiful panoramic hotels in New York. The luxurious hotel has been the subject of controversy because of the large windows installed, from the outside you can see everything! At least for the bathrooms, reflective panels were then installed that do not allow you to peek inside. Also, atop the Standard Hotel is one of Manhattan’s finest and best rooftop bars.
The “Whitney Museum”, located on Gansevoort Street, right at the southernmost entrance to the High Line. The museum contains the most important collection in the world of contemporary and modern art dedicated only to American artists.
Another destination not to be missed is the Chelsea Market, the High Line literally passes through it!