The High Line, New York City

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A breath of fresh air in the middle of the big city, The High Line is a 1.6 km (1 mi) linear park. It's built on a short section of an abandoned elevated railway that once ran along the lower west side of Manhattan. Redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway, the first few sections of the park opened in 2009. The elevated park features gardens, birdhouses, benches, artwork, and cafes, and offers views of the city and the Hudson River. View the exhibit of mirror sculptures designed to reflect the surrounding greenery. An installation of 700 purple and gray glass panes, calibrated to match the center pixel of 700 digital pictures taken every minute on the Hudson, creates an extended portrait of the river. Plan to see The High Line and other attractions that appeal to you using our New York City trip itinerary planning website .
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  • High above the crowded streets this gen of a walkway weaves along the old railroad track from 34th and 12 Ave to the new Whitney museum. Strolling along one sees a continuous array of beautiful plants...  more »
  • We did the tour of the High Line in winter and low temperatures didn't help much. But I confess that we were disappointed because we expected more of the "attraction" of NEW YORK. I think it might be worth more in the spring or in warmer weather therefore Garden we didn't see anything (in winter!)
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  • Ingenious work that made it possible to recover an old railway station, turning it back into a suspended garden, spanning the Chelsea (convenient start a nice walk after making a trip to the Chelsea market). Along the way you will find installations by contemporary artists and various flower beds and plant (unfortunately we were in winter so the vegetation was rather sparse). Is worth a stroll if you are in the area.
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  • Great place to get away from the city without really getting away. This man made park sits on an old railroad track, and it’s truly amazing what they’ve done to it. It’s a nice walk with little attractions along the way. Definitely a must visit if you’ve never been. There’s plenty of space to sit on the grass, maybe have a picnic, there are also benches if the grass isn’t your thing. There is always something being featured, artist works, etc. sometimes you can see some very unique pieces.
  • This place is awesome. For parents or anyone bringing children watch out for the guy who pretends to offer free painting community experience for a "donation". Right after the children starts drawing or painting, he'll tell you about the mandatory 5 dollar donation. That's completely fine but seriously it should be told up front. There was a lady next to me who didn't have any cash who he essentially forced to dig through her back for 68 more cents. She ended up having to explain to her second kid that he could draw with his brother because this guy is charging money.
  • One of my favorite spots in NYC. Its free and the experience is charming. The art is ever-rotating and interesting. There always seems to be new features on the High Line every time I go. It is well-maintained and typically feels safe. Nice place to relax alone or with others.
  • The High Line is one of the most impressive and important structures ever cultivated in NYC. Its coalescence of gritty human industry and tranquil plant growth is a marvel of artistic and engineering talent and dedication. It should be visited by all, and serves as a beacon of hope in a world plagued by an inability to coexist as a mutually beneficial whole. Please, go here and reconnect with life in all its forms as you stride across a scenic vista with some of the very best sights in this fine city.
  • Absolute genius repurposing of the old elevated railway! Walked the whole trail when we visited NYC in June 2017. Caught incredible views of the west side of Manhattan during sunset. The trail is well lit during the evening hours. Well kept and intentional flowers and foliage along the way. Certainly a highlight of our trip!

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