HoursDaily 7am to 10pm (8pm in the winter)
A unique and beautifully designed park, The High Line is an elevated green space created on a former freight railroad line on Manhattan’s lower west side. For 50 years, the line was used by freight trains, but it fell out of use and into disrepair in the 1980s. In 2000, a photographer captured the wildness of the High Line, which had been reclaimed by nature and was overgrown with wildflowers and tall grasses. The images were the impetus for the space to be renovated into a park, and the first section opened to the public in 2009. The new plantings were inspired by the wildflowers, and the new landscape focuses on native species. Visitors can walk along a central path, taking in unusual views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, and the park’s special features include a sundeck, viewing platforms, performance spaces, and a water feature. The High Line rotates public art exhibits and regularly hosts nature events, design programs, and gardening activities.
The park runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 (the opened section) of the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. Section 2 is set to open in 2011.