If a sense of stepping into some kind of post apocalyptic dystopian setting, where an abandoned train track is overgrown in vegetation and foliage, while tucked between futuristic architectures is what you are in the mood for, then the High Line will bring you there….albeit just a tad more groomed and primped. This is an elevated park converted from an old train track left unused since the 1900’s covering 1.45 miles. You can take a nice stroll along the paved pedestrian walkway and admire the architectures of the Chelsea neighborhood or lounge around on the numerous benches to catch a nice fall breeze or summer sun. You can also start with some light eating at Chelsea Market before taking the entrance at Gansevoort, then make your way up and over from 34th street into K-town for some yummy Korean BBQ.
Depending on the time of year, visitors can catch different art installations or events. My first full walkthrough was back in 2011 when it was almost to the point of completion, ending(or beginning) at 34th near the Javits Convention Center. The installation at the time was a giant balloon park called Rainbow City(where I did my share of acting like a 10 year old in a giant balloon park).
I am planning to revisit soon and will follow with an update to show you what’s new and eye-catching. Until then, I hope you enjoy these old photos and follow after the jump for the link and travel information.
Camera used : Canon S95 Date visited : July 2011.
Official website: The HighLine
Hours of opening:
- 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
Directions: A,C,E to 14th St or L to 8 Ave.
Walk west on 14th Street to Ninth Ave, turn left and walk to Gansevoort, turn right and walk one block to the corner of Washington. There are public restrooms and elevator for wheel chair accessibility.