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The High Line

Map & Directions Washington St.
New York, NY 10014
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212-206-9922
  • Daily 7am-11pm

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Village Voice's Description

The High Line is that rare phenomenon of Manhattan landmarks—one beloved by locals and tourists alike. A pretty remarkable feat of urban reclamation, the west side's abandoned elevated railroad was transformed into the whimsical "park in the sky" in 2011. Still only two-thirds complete, the walkway stretches along Tenth Avenue from Ganesvoort Street to West 30th a couple avenues behind Penn Station. A wide variety of plant life, interactive public art pieces, and still-exposed track line the walkway. Exit for shopping in the cobblestone-lined streets of the Meatpacking District or quaint cafes in Chelsea.

Merchant's Description

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

 
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  • HISTORY on 04/10/10

    Built in the 30s, this was an active railway until 1980. "Friends of the High Line" formed in 1999 with the idea of turning it into an elevated park similar to the Promenade Plantée in Paris.

  • Time Out New York on 10/31/11

    The best place to remember why you love Manhattan takes you above the city while keeping you rooted in urban life. Walk through a field of wildflowers as cabs zoom along the street beneath you.

  • LogoTV on 08/30/10

    I lived in meatpacking in the 80's so I always get nostalgic looking down at my old stomping ground & how it's evolved into a beautiful hub of fashion & fine dining. - Mike Ruiz, The A-List: New York

  • The New Yorker on 10/19/10

    An indie park, an anti-campus. Chelsea boys, JDaters, and pretty women, dressed in rompers, promenade in front of people-watchers, perched like fashion editors on wooden benches.

  • Travel Channel on 11/15/11

    Tony wandered around this “park in the sky.” As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.

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