Friday, October 16, 2020

The NYC Traveler in NYC: Intro to the HIgh Line

New York City's The High Line:

Things to know


                         View of the High Line Park (bottom) from the street

The High Line: a narrated walk (full show)

Intro to the High Line video

The High Line is an elevated park in Manhattan built from an old rail line. Opened in 1933, the West Side Elevated Line transported goods up above to keep the pedestrians down below safe on the street. By the 1980's, trucking became preferred method to transport meat, produce and other goods in and around the Meat Packing District. As far back as 1983, residents called for some sort of repurposed use and by 2014, the first section of the park was opened. 



1. The park's main entrances are near the Whitney Museum of Art, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets and near the Hudson Yards (West 34th Street, close to 11th Avenue). You can enter and exit the almost 1.5 mile (@2.4 km) stretch at various streets along 10th Avenue (unless there are safety and security concerns). Check the website for all current information.




2. The park passes by residents and office buildings and sometime through them. Underneath, there are many restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and other businesses that make the area a great place to spend the day.



3. Along the path, you'll get a taste of the arts: the Plinth art space, for commissioned art; the rotating video art program on the Channel; performances; other commissioned art along the path.



4. The gardens are maintained year long, reflecting the four seasons of New York: trees, grasses, flowers and other plants.


5. Sunbathe in the popular Diller-Von Furstenberg Sundeck and Water Feature, sporting a foot fountain to cool your toes.



6. It is a park, so there plenty of places to sit and relax: the 10th Ave Square near 17th Street and  a grassy area hang out in near 23 Street along with many benches throughout the park.



7. At the Interim Walk, as you curve from 10th Avenue toward 11th Avenue, you'll see the magnificent Hudson River to the west, the new Hudson Yards shopping and entertainment complex to the east and the real Hudson Yards, where Long Island Railroad cars rest up.



Hudson Yards, the Vessel in the background


8. In between, there are many vendors if you're hungry or thirsty, including a couple of sit down eateries. They may be closed periodically due to weather, and safety and health concerns.




9. A curious observation is the residential buildings you'll pass. Some embrace the High Line and the visitors who will pass through their backyard. There will be murals, sculptures, posters and other decor.

                                                      

10. Note that when it is fully opened, the High Line can get very crowded. Going early or just before dusk might be better.


At either end, you will find more to do: the Meat Packing District and the Whitney Museum of Art at Gansevoort Street or Hudson Yards at West 34th Street. Happy Travels!


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