To envision an abandoned elevated rail as a pedestrian walkway, full of greenery, art, modern architectural highlights, and gathering space is quite visionary indeed. The New York City HighLine, spanning nearly 1.5 miles from Gansevoort Street to W 30th, is the vision of Friends of the HighLine, a neighborhood organization dedicated to reclaiming the once abandoned railway.
Today, the vision is a reality, and the park (opened in two phases both in 2009 and 2011) is begging you to visit. With temperatures hovering in the mid-60's this past weekend with full sun, walking the HighLine for the first time was an absolute pleasure. The HighLine reminded me of converted spaces in Boston - like the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
- Grab a Map. There are 9 entrances to the HighLine starting at Gansevoort Street to W. 30th Street. Bathrooms are available at W. 16th Street.
- Take a Tour. Free tours take place every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up in advance to guarantee a spot as these are in high-demand during the warmer months. If you can't make a free tour, pay $15 to take a scheduled tour.
- Chill Like a New Yorker. Pick up lunch, grab a friend, and enjoy your meal on the HighLine - there are plenty of benches, theater style sitting areas (where you can watch the crowds down below), and green space.