The High Line elevated railway has loomed over Chelsea since the Great Depression. Originally a freight railway, the High Line has been transformed into a public park, complete with plants, flowers, and art installations. Find out what there is to do on the High Line, when you should go, who should visit, and how much time to budget.
Iconic: One of New York City’s newer icons, the High Line has been looming over the city since the 1930s. Recently, it’s become one of the most iconic places to snag great photos and views of the city.
Photographic: You’ll get awesome photos of the Hudson River, Empire State Building, public art, and specially curated plants and trees from this elevated train track-turned public park.
Architectural: Get great views of the gorgeous architecture of the High Line redesign, famous midtown buildings, Chelsea warehouses, and new build condos from the park. Some say it’s the only park in New York to embrace the city instead of trying to hide from it.
Kid Friendly: Kids love the foot fountains in the summertime, the rolling recliner chairs, the quirky art, and the traffic theater.
Historic: Originally built in the 1930s as an elevated train track, the High Line has seen the fall and rise of New York City. Find out more about this structure’s role in New York City’s history.
Outdoorsy: One of the city’s famous public parks, the High Line gets you out into nature while appreciated the urban jungle that is New York City.
Artsy: The High Line is known for the free public art exhibits that grace the structure year round.
Like a Local: The High Line isn’t just for tourists! (Though you’re more likely to see locals up here at night when the tourists clear out.)
Cost/Money Savers: Free!
Time Commitment/Time Savers:
Fly-By: 20 minutes. You can easily walk the High Line in about 20 minutes if you don’t stop for photos or art gazing. The northern section (23rd to 34th Streets) has great views of the Hudson. Most of the art and other activities are located between 14th and 23rd Streets.
In-Depth: 90-120 minutes will give you plenty of time for photos and art–plus time for a beer at the beer garden.
Need to Know:
- The High Line closes early in the winter. Check out their website for more information.
- It gets super hot on the High Line in the summer. Visit at night for a more enjoyable experience.
Why You Should Skip:
- The High Line isn’t as exciting in January and February when it’s cold and snowy–and often closes in inclement weather. You might want to skip if you’re visiting during these months.
When to Go:
My favorite time to visit the High Line is at night; the park makes you feel like you’re up in the treetops, surrounded by sparkly lights!
How to Get There:
Walking: Walk to W. 14th Street and 10th Avenue to get to the High Line at the southern entrance. There are also entrances on W. 23rd and W. 34th Streets.
Subway: You can get to the High Line via the A, C, or E trains. Get off at W. 14th, W. 23rd, or W. 34th Streets, and walk two blocks west.
Taxi/Car: Hop in a taxi or car, and tell them to take you to the High Line. Most cab and car drivers will know how to get you there.
Bus: Take the crosstown M14 or M34 buses to get from the east side of Manhattan to the High Line.
Related Attractions/Other Ways to See:
Chelsea Market: The Chelsea Market is just off the High Line and is a good activity to piggyback with your High Line visit.
Under the High Line: Check out the High Line from a different view by walking on the street level below.
Standard Hotel: The Standard straddles the High Line at its southern edge. You can visit the rooftop bar for brunch for more great views of the area.
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