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    High Line New York: recommended route for an unforgettable walk

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    Joel Fulleda
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    You know the beautiful ones elevated railways that are so much a suburb of a big city, or a perfect setting for superhero interventions? (Like when in 2's Spider Man 2004 Peter Parker stops the speeding convoy with cobwebs… or like when Batman confronts Liam Neeson on the Gotham City elevated train in Batman Begins).

    Well, imagine one of these elevated tracks amidst the skyscrapers ... falling into disuse, and abandoned: from what a world and world, an abandoned track would seem a perfect place for spooky settings or rallies of little good. Now, imagine our abandoned platform turning into a crowded park, with plants and flowers of all kinds: impossible? No, that's what happened to High Line di Manhattan!



    The story of this very particular green corner (actually a rectangle? Street?) In New York is very beautiful and exciting: here I will report only a few hints, and then move on to tell you the best way to visit the park and all the particularities that make it distinctive.

    Index

    • High Line: what it is and how it was born 
    • High Line: opening times and periods
    • High Line: how to get there, map and entrances 
    • High Line: suggested route and what to see
      • The botanical aspect
      • The "urban" aspect
      • The artistic aspect
      • In which direction to follow the path?
    • Useful information (bathrooms, accessibility) and rules
    • Where to eat, merchandise and shop around the High Line
    • Where to sleep nearby

    High Line: what it is and how it was born 

    "High Line" was originally the name of an elevated railway inaugurated in Manhattan in 1934, useful for transporting goods from the upper part of the city to the river, without further bottling the traffic, which was already colossal in size at the time! Indeed, the need to find a way to clear the streets a little had actually been strongly felt by New Yorkers for a few decades, given the huge amount of horse droppings that covered the streets every day.



    This is why the ferrovia West Side, to then be dismantled; the 10th street where it passed, along with wagons and pedestrians, was in fact nicknamed “Death Avenue”, due to the numerous deaths that occurred here; thus the aforementioned was built Highline, investing a huge amount of money (if you want to know more about Death Avenue, here is an article about it, taken on the blog of the official website of the "Friends of the High Line").

    The railway, however, had time to lend its services only for a short time: after 1945, in fact, the world of transport was by now the internal combustion engine, and the High Line slowly fell into disuse: in 1960 one of them was demolished. part, but some trains continued to circulate there until 1980, when its use was completely stopped.

    The redevelopment of this forgotten infrastructure is due to the initiative of two young people fond of the historic track, who, having obtained permission to visit it closely, were amazed to see it covered with wildflowers, and to the wave of desire for renewal caused by the restructuring 11/XNUMX area.

    The money to build the current green area was largely provided by municipality of New York, a little by the federal government, and a little by the committee of aficionados set up for the occasion, the "Friends of the High Line”, Which also took on the costs of the subsequent maintenance: for this reason, the committee still collects money and memberships. The area was completed in various stages, starting in 2009: the last piece was only opened to the public in 2015.


    In short, this raised green area is truly a miracle of initiative and love for the city. Now we will find out how to visit it and we will explore together its peculiarities as well as the reasons for taking a tour, as you will see it will be an experience not to be forgotten:


    High Line: opening times and periods

    The park has different opening hours depending on the time of year:

    • From 1 December to 31 March: 7 am - 19 pm
    • From April 1st to May 31st: 7am - 22pm
    • From 1 June to 30 September: 7 am - 23 pm
    • From 1st October to 30th November: 7am - 22pm.

    High Line: how to get there, map and entrances 

    Being a former railway track, the High Line is not like all parks… it is rather "long": it runs more or less straight on about 2,5 km of walking. So it doesn't take much to travel it all… but the travel time will get longer if you let yourself be amazed by the people (a lot) and by the things you will see on your way.

    The accesses of the High Line are:

    • a sud, in Gansevoort St (right next to the Whitney Museum), in the Meatpacking District;
    • to the north, in the 34th Street West, between 10th and 12th Avenues, right next to the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

    However, it is also possible to access it from other entrances located along the route: for this reason, there are many "eligible" stops to get there, and in many of them there are facilities for the disabled thanks to the presence of lifts, and also to bring bikes. .


    But let's proceed in order, listing all the accesses starting from the South:

    • Access Gansevoort Street e Washington Street; Lift: Yup. Recommended stop: 14th Street & 8th Avenue, Line L, A, C, E, or Stop: 14th Street & 7th Avenue, Line 1, 2, 3
    • Access 14th Street; Lift: Yup. Recommended stop: 18th Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 16th Street: Lift: Yup. Recommended stop: 18th Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 18th Street: Lift: do not. Recommended stop: 18th Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 20th Street: Lift: do not. Recommended stop: 23rd Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 23rd Street: Lift: Yup. Recommended stop: 23rd Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 26th Street: Lift: do not. Recommended stop: 23rd Street & 7th Avenue, Linea 1
    • Access 28th Street: Lift: do not. Recommended stop: 34 St Penn Station, Linee A, C, E, 1, 2, 3
    • Access 30th Street: Lift: Yup. Recommended stop: 34 St Penn Station, Linee A, C, E, 1, 2, 3
    • Access corner 30th Street and 11th Avenue: Lift: do not. Recommended stop: 34th Street – Hudson Yards, linea 7
    • Access corner 34th Street and 12th Avenue: Lift: no, but there is Recommended stop: 34th Street – Hudson Yards, linea 7

    If the list seems a little too "complex", you can also see the interactive map on the Friends of the High Line website, consult the pdf map directly below:


    Map of the New York High Line

    Access with bicycles (which however cannot be used on the High Line):

    • Gansevoort e Washington Streets
    • Tra 16th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Tra 18th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Tra 20th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Between 23rd Street and 10th Avenue
    • Tra 26th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Tra 28th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Tra 30th Street e 10th Avenue
    • Between 30th Street and 11th Avenue.

    The High Line is also well connected by buses, and along its route, at the level of the road, there are also many Bike Sharing racks; if you are driving, there are also some parking lots. However, the most common way to reach it is the subway; you can study how it works in our guide on the subway in New York.

    High Line: suggested route and what to see

    First of all, there are 3 aspects to underline:

    The botanical aspect

    In the restructuring project of this track, we tried to preserve its "natural" added value, that is to try to keep intact (obviously in a controlled and orderly way) the original spectacle of "wild nature" grown in the midst of adversity.

    For this, at the moment, on the High Line they can be found more than 200 kinds of plants, among flowers, evergreens, herbs, vines, trees, local and otherwise. Here you can find the complete list, while here you can find the list of all the garden areas and the search bar thanks to which, according to the month, you can know which blooms will be waiting for your admiration.

    The "urban" aspect

    Do not worry, the High Line is not "only" a botanical garden! For the attentive observer, it offers the opportunity to observe the Big Apple from an unprecedented point of view. Below a percorso with someone "Highlights", Always starting from the south, whose position you can check on the map above:

    • Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook: in “Overlook” there is not only the Shining hotel, but also this disturbing section of railway. Joking aside, this "balcony", the southern end of the High Line, marks the exact point of arrival of the 60s demolitions, and offers, to the east, a beautiful view of the Meatpacking District, to the west of the recent building , designed by Renzo Piano, which houses the Whitney Museum.
    • 14th Street Passage: this passage is almost covered. This makes it suitable to function as a meeting point for artistic performances, shows and video projections.
    • Diller - Von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature: in this section, which is located between the 14th and 15th west streets, the pedestrian path is surrounded by armchairs; there are also small swimming pools where you can return to children and let your feet splash when the heat is felt.
    • Chelsea Market Passage: also this stretch, between 15th and 16th west street, is semi-covered, therefore it too is generally used for initiatives open to the public. There you can also find food stalls and, during the warmer months, a café in the open air.
    • Northern Spur Preserve: this is a small detour of the track, located at the height of 16th street, which has been cultivated in such a way as to give the idea of ​​what the High Line must have been like when it was abandoned, that is… covered with wildflowers.
    • 10th Avenue Square and Overlook: this is where the High Line crosses 10th Avenue, and has been transformed into a sort of stepped amphitheater, from which you can admire the view of the Avenue and the Hudson or, to the south, the Statue of Liberty .
    • Chelsea Thicket: this section crosses two “blocks”: the tracks have been maintained and incorporated into the structure, and they guide us through… a small and dense forest.
    • 23rd Street Lawn: this is the only point where you can find a "quiet" meadow, where you can have picnics, but also often used for initiatives and performances; however, it is "usable" only seasonally, from Wednesday to Sunday.
    • Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover: this stretch is practically an overpass that passes between two warehouses at the 25th street ... in the middle of the trees, like magnolias and sassafras.
    • 26th Street Viewing Spur: at the height of 26th street, it is a kind of balcony that offers a wide-ranging view across the city.
    • Pershing Square Beams: in this area, it was decided to discover the steel beams that formed the foundations of the railway (obviously coated with silicone for safety reasons), enhancing the interstices as up-and-downs where children can play, hide and climb .
    • Interim Walkway: this section basically consists of an aggregated walkway alongside the track, left "nature" in the same state it was in when it was abandoned, to allow new visitors to enjoy a "hidden" part of a New York that does not exist. 'it's more. To the west, the view extends over the river, to the east over the city.
    • CSX Transportation Gate: this is the only point of the High Line at the same level as the street, the 34th, one of the major arteries of the city… where we leave it reluctantly, to go and take the nearby subway.
    • If you end your journey here, the advice is to enjoy the futuristic architecture of The Vessel a Hudson Yards.

    The artistic aspect

    In the multiformity of aspects represented by this railway born to new life, there is also the artistic one. Below you will find our selection of the most interesting sculptures, remembering that for the complete list you can always consult the official website.

    In which direction to follow the path?

    Having said that, are you wondering in which direction to go through all this beauty? Obviously it depends on your program of the day: but, if you are passionate about art as well as parks, you could think about a north-south walk and then come directly to the Whitney Museum. After visiting it, for dinner, you can indulge yourself in choosing a place in the Chelsea neighborhood or in the same Meatpacking District.

    And if you want to enjoy the High line even more in depth, there are many seasonal initiatives and organized guided tours: at this link you can find many and of various types.

    Useful information (bathrooms, accessibility) and rules

    Around the High Line you can find two toilets: one at the south end on Gansevoort Street (Gansevoort Street at the Diller - von Furstenberg Building) and one at 16th street. The latter bathroom is also accessible to the disabled.

    The picnic tables and other accessory furnishings within the walk are also accessible to the disabled. In the High Line it is not allowed:

    • Walk in the flower beds
    • Collect flowers or plants
    • Throwing objects
    • Sit on the railings or climb up
    • Go cycling
    • Using skateboards, roller skates or scooters
    • Play music and amplified sounds, except when permitted
    • Priming
    • Commercial activities not permitted or authorized
    • Leave rubbish lying around
    • Obstruct paths or entrances
    • Drink alcohol, except in designated areas
    • Filming or photographing with special equipment (apart from when authorization was requested and given)
    • Organize gathering events of more than 20 people without permission
    • To smoke
    • Bringing dogs

    Where to eat, merchandise and shop around the High Line

    Sul route of the High Line, for the most part at street level, there are various clubs, restaurants and ice cream parlors "partner" of the park, both at the level of "mindset" (ie respect for nature, the quality of food, etc.), and at the level of of percentages devolved to the maintenance of the infrastructure which, as we have said, is managed by an association of private individuals. You can consult the complete list here.

    The High Line has now also become a "pop icon" and one of the major attractions of New York: therefore there is also a well-stocked catalog of merchandising, which you can buy online on the official website. Obviously, you can also buy your souvenirs on site: here you can find the map of the shops, but only open from April to October.

    Where to sleep nearby

    As we have seen, the Highline is accessible through various access points along the entire route, but if you want to sleep near one of the 2 main entrances you can find accommodation at these 2 links:

    • Entrata Sud (Meatpacking District): accommodation available
    • Entrata Nord (Hell’s Kitchen): accommodation available

    I also remind you that in our guide on where to sleep in New York find our advice on neighborhoods and recommended accommodations in the city. Have a nice walk on the High Line!

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