Once an abandoned elevated railway track overgrown with weeds, the High Line is now a 1.5-mile long city park teeming with native grasses, trees and shrubs. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line attracts more than 5 million visitors each year to the previously run-down neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District.
Beautifully landscaped, this train-track-turned-popular park is a thriving oasis of lush horticulture showcasing 350 different plant species. New Yorkers and tourists alike take leisurely strolls along the High Line not just to see the the plant life, but for the stylish artwork, gourmet food vendors and unique vantage offered. Originally constructed in 1934, this urban garden railway is lined with wood benches and lounges so you can relax, people watch, or enjoy the views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline.
The High Line runs between Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Although owned by the City of New York, the High Line is maintained by the organization, Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This group is responsible for raising 98% of the High Line’s annual budget, helping to keep this well-maintained public park clean, well-maintained, and free to use for all.
Trip Tips: The High Line
Looking to slow down a bit and escape the hustle and bustle of New York City? Then a stroll along the High Line is for you! Here are a few things you should keep in mind when planning your visit to The High Line:
- Picnicking is permitted. However, bicycles, skateboards, dogs and alcohol are not.
- The lawn on West 23rd Street is ideal for picnicking and sunbathing.
- The section between West 30th and West 34th streets features a kid’s exploration area.
- Guided tours are available.