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High Line-Elevated NYC Park-Rail Trail
|Park Overview:|| |
Elevated NYC park and rail trail with city views on the lower west side of Manhattan." Not since Central Park opened in 1857 has a park reshaped New Yorkers’ thinking about public space and the city more profoundly." (New York Times, 9/20/2014)
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Handicapped|
|Trail Miles:||1.45 miles|
|New York City/New York/NY|
|Web Map:||Friends of the High Line Walking Map|
|Park Description:|| |
From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line connected the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings, and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system.
After much controversy and considerable effort -- this is New York City -- the High Line opened an initial segment to the public (from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) in June 2009. Section 2, extending the walkway to West 30th Street, was opened two years later. Completed in September 2014, the third and final section loops around the Hudson Yards located between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
More than 2M people visited the High Line during its first year; as of September, 2014, the number had grown to 5M per year.
The High Line is part of the New York City Parks & Recreation Department, but is managed by the Friends of the High Line (Contact Information below).
From June 1 to September 30 it is open 7:00am to 11:00pm daily. Check the Friend’s web site for hours in other seasons (opening time is 7:00am throughout the year).
|Trails Overview:|| |
The view of the High Line looking upward at its southern terminus from the street at Gansevoort and Washington appears like a cut of meat chopped with a cleaver. A sheer glass wall looms thirty feet overhead; the design seems intended to remind the viewer this is the historic Meatpacking District. Fittingly, according to park docents the very last train to travel the High Line delivered a shipment of frozen turkeys. Much has changed, in 2014 the Whitney Museum of American Art will open a massive new extension snuggled up next to the High Line at this location.
There is much to see along the initial one mile walkway – from striking views of the distant Hudson River and iconic Manhattan buildings poking skyward, to gorgeous landscapes at your feet. Before heading north from the Gansevoort Street entrance it is worth turning back towards the “meat chop” terminus to experience the view. The High Line passes north through a series of beautiful gardens and unique features, including Gansevoort Woodland, the Sundeck and Water Feature (a shallow linear wading pool), Chelsea Market Passage, Chelsea Grasslands, Seating Steps, Wildflower Field and the Radical Bench.
The landscape design itself includes much of the original wild self-seeded plant life and flora that used to naturally inhabit the abandoned corridor – some 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. The Friends of the Highline web site contains a Bloom List updated by the season. For a printable walkway map use the Web Map link above (or the Friends web site).
Listen to a walking tour of the High Line by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the Co-Founders of Friends of the High Line. They were interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered," September 3, 2011. The tour begins at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington streets. (This version is 80 minutes; at the NPR site is also a 12 minute interview.)
Driving not recommended.
Access points are at: Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street (elevator access), West 16th Street (elevator access), West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street (elevator -- out of service due to damage by Hurricane Sandy ), West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street (elevator access), 11th Avenue (at 30th Street), 34th Street.
For public transportation information (NYC subway and bus lines) use link under Contact Information, follow "Visit" tab, then enlarge map. If coming across the Hudson River from New Jersey, the nearest PATH stations are at Christopher Street or 14th Street (Click on Map Tab above and enlarge it to see PATH station icons).
|Contact Information:||Friends of the High Line |
|Region:||New York City|