Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Walk on the High Line, New York City

The High Line Park is about 1.3 miles of old raised rail platform traversing the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan from 30th Street down to Gransevort Street, converted to a city park.  The result is one of the most unique parks I have visited anywhere.  So far, I've been to the park in fall and winter.  It is an easy walk from Penn Station or Madison Square Garden, but I understand a new subway station is being opened closer to help with area revitalization.  Not once did I ever feel unsafe in the neighborhood.  The High Line itself was filled with joggers, walkers and scores of people from all over the planet taking pictures of this part of the city.

Pictured above is the raised platform at 10th and 17th Street, allowing visitors to stand or sit and watch traffic heading north up 10th Street, or just sit and watch the world go by and try to count the number languages spoken by other visitors from around the world. 
Plants and flowers add shape and texture along the walking paths, as well as provide cover and food for birds and insects.  

A stunning view of mid-town Manhattan and the Empire State Building can be seen from almost anywhere on the High Line.  

From any point along the High Line art and sculpture can be seen on either side.  Below, you can see across the Hudson River into New Jersey.  

The view from the raised viewing platform over 10th Avenue, looking north toward mid-town. 

Between 15th and 16th Street the High Line is covered and you can find carts selling pastries or coffee or something cold to drink.  Or, you can grab a seat in one of the yellow or gray ice cream chairs scattered around the area.  If you exit the platform here you are at the western end of the Chelsea Market building.  Too cold on the platform on a brisk winter day?  The Chelsea Market is a great indoor market full of little shops and cafes.  

In December a bird finds winter food from a dormant perennial on the platform near 17th Street. 

Below is a stunning street scene looking north on 10th Avenue.  This scene is best viewed through the glass of the raised observation area at 10th Avenue and 17th Street.  

A trip to New York City can get expensive fast, but if your interested in seeing the sites, rather than the shows, this is a great way to keep costs low.  In case I haven't mentioned it, the entire High Line is FREE!


  1. Nice description of a city sight most visitors never take the time to see! Great shots too!

  2. Thanks, Anton. This really is a great park which I suspect will become more popular as more people find out about it. Right before Mayor Bloomnerg left office he dedicated a new subway station in the area, the first new station in a generation.