New York City – The High Line

NYC High Line – A Public Park in the Sky

The High Line, a public park, is built on an unused elevated 1930’s freight line that was destined to be demolished. Fortunately, in 1999, a group of community residents formed Friends of the High Line and fought for the preservation and transformation of the freight line and saved a part of New York City’s history.

§ The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side, between 10th and 11th Avenue. The south end starts at Gansevoort Street and continues north to West 30th Street. When it is all completed it will extend to West 34th Street. It is over 1 mile long.
§ The 1st section, between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street was open to the public during the summer of 2009.
§ The 2nd section, between West 20th Street and West 30th Street was open to the public in June 2011.
§ The High Line park is free and open to the public from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily and is fully wheelchair accessible. No pets, no bikes.
§ Access to the High Line is possible from: Gansevoort, West 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 26th, 28th and 30th streets.
§ Elevators are available at: West 14th, 16th, 23rd and 30th Streets.
§ There is a free docent led tour every Tuesday between 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. starting at the 14th Street Passage. No reservation, first come first serve, so arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure a spot. It is a popular tour limited to 20 per docent. The day of our tour there were 2 docents. We arrived 30 minutes early and there were already many people waiting, some brought their dinner to eat while waiting.

This section of the High Line goes through a buildings or was the building built on top of the High Line?
The landscapes are beautifully manicured with over 200 plant species, most are native to New York.
A city view from the High Line. The building to the center left is a Frank Gehry building.
You can see some of the original railroad tracks
One of the many benches along the path.
The entire walkway is covered with pebbled concrete blocks, all running in the same direction, giving the walkway a clean, sleek and sophisticated look. These same concrete blocks connect the benches to the path blending it into the landscape beautifully.
The High Line bird houses and feeding stations
Close up of the bird houses and feeding station
Art along the side of the High Line
Plants on the High Line
More plants on the High Line
And still more plants on the High Line
My post is not doing the High Line justice. You have to be there, in person, to experience and really appreciate this unique New York attraction.
All the photos for this post were taken by my daughter, Miss K when we visited NYC end of May.

Copyright © by Norma Chang

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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25 Responses to New York City – The High Line

  1. A great post on a little history with lovely photos my friend 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Liz says:

    What a fabulous way to use the space, retaining the history and adding more greenery to what looks like a really urban part of the city. Thankyou for showing it.

  3. Jo Chin says:

    Hi Norma. . . . . . .a definite addition to my “bucket list”. Great photos! You and your “kids”
    should visit Opus 40 (a 6 acre outdoor stone sculpture) in Saugerties. ~ Jo

  4. Phyllis smith says:

    Wow Norma. This is a great blog and your pix are very good. We loved our walk down there. Whatever time of year you go there is always something different to see. Good job! Phyllis

  5. Eva Taylor says:

    Thanks for the lovely memory of our recent trip to New York City; the High Line is certainly a high point for our stay in NYC. And it’s such a nice surprise in the middle of the concrete jungle that it is. We had lunch at The Standard (if you recall, we saw Mitchell from Modern Family there).
    Interesting to note that Frank Gehry is Canadian, in fact, from Toronto! He might have even grew up in my hood as his parents were both Polish immigrants (Bloor West Village is mainly Ukrainian and Polish). I love that his style is so recognizable. Have you been to Chicago’s Millenium Park BP Bridge? It’s very cool!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      You are so welcome. I thought of you while writing the post and the photo of you sitting in front of the bill board with coordinating outfit. Meant to ask if that was planned or just coincidence.
      The Fisher Center for the Performing Art at Bard College (north or where I live) was designed by Frank Gehry.
      Yes, I have been to Chicago’s Millenium Park BP Bridge.

      • Eva Taylor says:

        The coordinating outfit was purely coincidence! Thanks for thinking of me!
        I love the meandering organic nature to that bridge. And the bean is awesome! We’re heading down to Illinois (with Porter) at the end of the month but sadly won’t spend any time in the city…we’re off to Wisconsin to our friend’s lake house. Looking forward to the new experience.

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Eva,
        Toronto to Wisconsin, that’s quite a drive. Have a safe and pleasant trip and a wonderful time with your friends at the lake house. Today, temp in the high 90’s, I wish I was jumping into a lake.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    This post is yet another reason why I need to return to NYC. The High Line looks like a great use of “wasted” space in the City. The Friends of the High Line did a wonderful thing.

  7. Norma, this is amazing! I never knew it existed! How fabulous it must be for people in the apartments or offices nearby, to be able to look out over the park from their windows several storeys up! 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      It is fairly new, words haven’t gotten around yet. People actually designed artwork specifically for the windows facing the park, we did not take any photo, when I return I will.

  8. Interesting garden I would say…

  9. Sophie says:

    Waw! That is so cool that it is a park & such a beautiful one too! 🙂 Great pictures by your daughter! thanks for sharing with us!

  10. Hi Norma,

    That is so, so interesting and something I’m sure is completely missed by many people visiting the city. I wish ‘The Friends’ the best of luck with it and thank you again for such an informative post!

  11. I really like the pebbled concrete — it does look very modern, especially for a bench!

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