High Line a New York

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Index

  • Where it is
  • Why go there
  • High Line Map
  • Timetables and access points
  • How to reach us
  • How long to stay and what to see
  • Historical notes
  • Curiosity
  • What to see nearby

For a memorable walk in the Big Apple, la High Line it's a guessed choice.

It is a park decidedly particular: it is indeed linear and suspended, having been built exactly where the southern section of the West Side Line elevated railway was located.



From soot we have gone green: a beautiful project and a beautiful story, to be known and possibly appreciated in person!

Where it is

The High Line runs along the western side of Manhattan and is 2,33 kilometers long.

Its route runs from Gansevoort Street in Meatpacking District, passing through the neighborhood of Chelsea, and ends at 34th Street, near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and New York's great new attraction: Hudson Yards.

Why go there

This urban park is fantastic but, as we have said, very different from the others. You would be wrong to imagine a green lung similar to Central Park!

Here's why you should include a stop at the High Line in your Big Apple travel program:

  • To admire the perfect results of a urban redevelopment project.

The railway in fact escaped demolition thanks to the tenacity of the residents of the neighborhood (as we will tell you in one of the next paragraphs).



It is not often that abandoned industrial elements are saved to become an integral part of a pleasant and usable public space.

In the park you will see bits of tracks well integrated with everything else, and even the vegetation will tell you about the past of this place.

In fact, the plants were selected including the species that had developed spontaneously after the railway was closed.

You will see herbs, flowers, shrubs, perennials, trees chosen for their robustness, sustainability and for the colors that change in all seasons. There are over 200 species.

  • Because the percorso followed by this original "green snake" e the view it offers are intriguing to say the least.

It starts from the Meatpacking District and then crosses Chelsea above Chelsea Market. On one side you will have Manhattan, on the other the Hudson River. What more could you ask for?

  • Because the park is perfect for walk, stop at read, see some shows in the summer, admire the murals, applaud the buskers.

There are lawns and benches in which to rest (made with the sleepers of the former railway line), and in a part of the pavement runs a trickle of water in which you can immerse your feet. This particular spot is located between 14th and 15th streets and is called Diller.


For all these good reasons, the High Line is loved by New Yorkers (who also go there for run, regardless of the fact that in certain places the passage is the width of a narrow path!) and it is also one of the favorite attractions of New York tourists.


About five million travelers visit them every year.

High Line Map

Timetables and access points

The park opens every day, with variable hours depending on the season.

Spring opening hours: from April 1st to May 31st
7.00 – 22.00

Summer opening hours: from 1st June to 30th September
7.00 – 23.00

Autumn opening hours: from 1st October to 30th November
7.00 – 22.00

Winter opening hours: from December 1st to March 31st
7.00 – 19.00

I access points sono numerosi: a Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 17th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., 30th St. e 10th Ave., 30th St. e 11th Ave. e 34th St.

The entrances to Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St. and 30th St. are accessible by elevator.

The entrance to 34th Street is a wheelchair accessible ramp.

In the park the use of skateboards, roller blades, recreational scooters, bicycles is not allowed and dogs are not allowed.


How to reach us

To do the whole walk covering 2,33 kilometers from south to north, entrate da Gansevoort Street, nel Meatpacking District.

This entrance is also ideal for those who visit the Greenwich Village neighborhood on the same day, and then continue to the High Line.

The closest metro stations are:

  • 14th Street (lines 1, 2 and 3)
  • 8th Avenue (L line)

If you prefer to arrive by bus, the lines are as follows: M11, M14, M23 and M34.


Find more information on transport to the park on this page of the official website.

How long to stay and what to see

One hour full in our opinion is the minimum time necessary to walk the whole park and enjoy its beauties.

You could stay longer if you decide to take lots of photographs (and we can't blame you), relax, be enchanted by the skill of some street artist.

Here is what you will see during your walk.

The building opposite the entrance

This is the Manhattan Refrigeration Building, dated 1898, which functioned as a warehouse to keep food cool, since at that time there were no refrigerators in the houses.

To get the cool, a widely available ingredient was used: Hudson River water.

The use of the building as a warehouse ended in 1983, and it is said that it took seven months for everything to thaw!

High Line, New York

Lo Standard Hotel

This luxury hotel it resembles a large open book, and you will meet it at the beginning of the walk on the High Line.

Completed in 2009, it is a project by Todd Schliemann of Polshek Partnership Architects; it has more than 330 rooms, overlooking the park and the river.

A special feature of this hotel is the non-reflective glass, so you can see practically everything. To those who manage the hotel and to many customers, this aspect does not seem to displease at all.

But can you really see everything-everything? No, since 2012 the bathrooms have been protected by black-out panels.

Whitney Museum e Gansevoort Market Meat Center

As you proceed, you will see the Whitney Museum on the left: this new headquarters in Gansevoort Street was designed by Renzo Piano and inaugurated 2015.

The museum exhibits precious contemporary works of art by American artists.

At Little W 12th Street, always on the left, you will see the Gansevoort Market Meat Center, in which there are still some companies that process meat, but they are few: less than ten, compared to about 200 in the past.

Il bar Hogs and Heifers

This time you will have to look to the right.

The bar, opened in 1992 (and currently closed) was specialized in meat dishes - it could not be otherwise, being in the Meatpacking District - but its peculiarity was another: the bartenders danced on the counter in very little clothing. It was impossible, however, to see them from the High Line!

The pier where the Titanic was expected: Pier 54

Proceeding, you can see it on the left. The largest ocean liners landed on this pier, but the Titanic as we know never arrived.

Instead, RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors of the shipwreck, landed.

10th Avenue Square and Overlook

Also called the "urban theater", it has the shape of an amphitheater, with a flight of steps. It is located before crossing W 17th Street.

What spectacle do you see? That of the city, and especially of the busy 10th Avenue, once called "The road of death", as we will tell you in the next paragraph on historical notes.

Here and there: the murals

They will strike your attention: especially the one on a gray background depicting Einstein with the “Love is the answer” sign and the colorful one that reproduces the famous kiss between the girl and the sailor in Times Square.

The spur

“Lo sperone” (“The Spur”) takes its name from the semicircle shape of the rails.

This was the area used until the 80s for sorting goods, and includes a large open yard near the entrance to the Hudson Yards complex, New York's great new attraction.

The Spur includes the Coach Passage, with ceilings more than 18 meters, an area with balconies embellished with plants of the American woods and a large public square (you will notice the similarity with European squares!).

In this square stands a pedestal - The Plinth - which supports temporarily exhibited works of art.

Historical notes

In the 800th century, in New York, the movements took place mainly by carriage or train.

In 1847, a railroad was then built that served to connect the east and west coasts of Manhattan and ran along 10th Avenue along with pedestrians and carriages.

In conjunction with the increase in population, as there were no barriers or protections of any kind, the trains began to run over, maim or kill people and horses.

Between 1898 and 1908 about two hundred people died for this reason, so much so that 10th Avenue was renamed the "street of death", death avenue.

One of the unfortunate victims was a railroad guard, who over time had managed to avoid the worst for many people, taking them off the tracks just in time before they were overwhelmed.

Safety reasons therefore suggested the construction of a section of tracks raised 9 meters above the ground: the High Line, which functioned as a railway line from 1934 to 1980.

It was mainly used for the transport of goods: meat to the Meatpacking district, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of the industrial West Side and correspondence to post offices.

Then came the road transport, which sent the High Line into retirement. By now, goods traveled in trucks and people in cars.

After its abandonment, several times it was thought of reusing the seat of the railway, which was thought to be demolished, considering it a useless industrial find.

In 1999 (fortunately!) The residents of the area strongly opposed this hypothesis, supported by the mayor of the time, Rudolph Giuliani.

To preserve the railway, an association with an eloquent name was even created, which still exists today: Friends of the High Line, the friends of the High Line.

For them the railway was not an useless wreck, but an element to survive, and they won!

The first section, between Gansevoort Street and 20th Street, was inaugurated in June 2009; a second section up to 30th street was opened in 2011.

A third part, up to 34th Street, was opened to the public in September 2014 and a small section of intersection overlooking 10th Avenue and 30th Street was inaugurated in 2015.

In June 2019, “The Spur” was opened to the public, the result of the redevelopment of the last section of the original railroad, which extends east along 30th Street and ends above 10th Avenue.

Curiosity

  • The High Line was a very expensive work: it took 150 million dollars to make it
  • In the 1979 movie Manhattan, when Woody Allen says the first line, you see the High Line
  • The park is inspired by the Promenade Plantée, an elegant elevated park in Paris.

What to see nearby

In the vicinity of the park, do not miss the Chelsea Market, a large indoor food market (which is impossible to leave on an empty stomach!) located on 9th avenue between 15th and 16th streets.

The large building that houses the market belonged to the National Biscuit Company, the company that invented the famous (and tasty) Oreo biscuits: or do you prefer Ringos? The battle is always open.

Another attraction of the Chelsea neighborhood is the famous Chelsea Hotel where artists, thinkers and intellectuals lived.

Still near the High Line, but in the Meatpacking District (now an absolutely cool area), a quaint place to eat is the Gansevoort Market. A small and mouthwatering indoor market, which is less crowded with tourism than Chelsea Market.


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