The High Line
Runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, NY
Submitted by: Ethan Kent
The High Line is an elevated park built into the abandoned tracks of a freight train path along Manhattan's West side adjacent to the Hudson River. URLS: http://www.thehighline.org/
Ultimately, the High Line will be a mile and a half long. It is special because it has re-envisioned antiquated infrastructure for new recreational purposes. Additionally, the space features public art and concessions, in addition to clear views of the Hudson River.
What Makes The High Line a Great Place?
The High Line is accessible by foot (via stairs or an elevator), public transportation, and automobile. It is conveniently located near a number of subway stops, and it is surrounded on all sides by major thoroughfares that permit vehicular travel. There are access points throughout its span that allow visitors to enter at a number of different locations.
The High Line is incredibly well-maintained by Friends of the High Line. The ratio of men to women is approximately equal, and you see a number of families with children. There are benches and chairs built into the old train tracks, offering visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City life. The path is also adorned with colorful flora and fauna.
The High Line has become one of the most popular public spaces in New York City. Its picturesque views are perhaps its biggest draw, with tourists and locals alike enjoying the opportunity to look out at the Hudson River. Additionally, there are a number of public art installations. Under the elevated park is "the Lot," a temporary public plaza featuring food trucks and alcohol concessionaires.
While tourists are generally drawn to the High Line, it also offers locals an opportunity to gaze out at their city, and office workers can use the space as a place to eat lunch and take a break from the workday. On Spring, Summer, and Fall weekends, groups tend to gravitate towards the High Line to enjoy a scenic walk and grab a bite at the Lot.
Friends of the Highline