Party Earth Review Once just another abandoned and overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, the High Line has been transformed into an urban park where patrons stroll down artfully slanted concrete planks, peruse the booths of local artists... ... read full review
Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and Tenth Avenue at West 14th Street (elevator), West 16th Street (elevator), West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E: 14th Street-8th Avenue; C, E: 23rd Street-8th Avenue; 1, 2, 3: 14th Street-7th Avenue; 1: 18th Street-7th Avenue and 23rd Street-7th Avenue
The Lot on Tap (seasonal bar at 30th Street – summer only): Su–W 11am–10pm, Th–Sa 11am–11pm
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Once just another abandoned and overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, the High Line has been transformed into an urban park where patrons stroll down artfully slanted concrete planks, peruse the booths of local artists, and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere three stories above the city streets.
Planted with over two hundred varieties of lush grasses, perennials, trees, and bushes, the park was designed to emulate the wild landscape that took over in the years since the railroad fell into disuse, and some of the original tracks have been preserved and incorporated into the design.
On weekends, artsy young professionals and older locals take to the narrow pathways for leisurely walks, stretch out on wooden chaises and benches for a bit of sunbathing, or crowd around the installation areas to view the current exhibit of modern art.
Around 16th Street, the pathway opens up into a courtyard area with descending stadium-style bleachers and a gigantic window where visitors can enjoy the illusion of a giant television screen as they contemplate the street scene below, or make their way to one of the industrial passages created by overarching buildings to chat with friends at one of the scattered patio tables.
Guided nature walks and art tours make the landmark an educational hotspot, and with nonstop views of the Hudson River, the High Line is a treat for the eyes both on the tracks and off.
Local Chelsea residents, artsy young professionals, families, and in-the-know tourists, mostly 20s to 50s.
Various programs throughout the year include nature walks, art tours, design and history lectures, and events such as sketching workshops and butterfly hunts. Rotating displays of modern art and installation pieces.
Tuesdays occasionally feature a free Fitness and Movement Class at 9am and a free Pilates Fusion Class at 10am, both at the Chelsea Market Passage between 15th and 16th Streets, as well as stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association at night. Some art vendors on weekends.
Check the website for scheduling changes and details.
Rotating schedule of local mobile vendors features various types of food for 29-day periods, from gelato to hot dogs. The Lot on Tap at 30th Street features an outdoor bar by Colicchio & Sons in addition to a rotating series of food trucks like Coolhaus (ice cream and sandwiches), Red Hook Lobster (lobster rolls), Taim Mobil (falafel), and The Taco Truck.
Admission and some events are free. Most tours $15/non-members and $10/members. Membership $40–$750, includes discounts at neighborhood stores, on magazine subscriptions, and more.
Any beautiful day or for the sunset.