If you never have taken time to walk through the High Line it is something you should do, especially with the spring coming. Obviously, Central park is the main place where people love to relax but the High Line is more original and also nice. Then it’s a park/walkway with a rich history and which offers a unique and exclusive point of view on the west of Manhattan.
First, let me highlight a few historic points about the High Line. During the 30’s it was an aerial railway which had been built to address traffic problems in the districts of Chelsea and Meatpacking. Around the 50’s-60’s, there was a decline in the use of the rails in favor of the road. Therefore, gradually the traffic line stopped in 1980. In 1999, the idea of a suspended urban parks appears to preserve the structure of the line and in 2004 the works started.
The walk along the High Line is beautiful. Crossing Chelsea and Meatpacking, you enjoy an exclusive point of view on the districts but also on the Hudson River and the shores of the New Jersey. Moreover, the High Line is enjoyable itself with a lot of plants and places where you can relax and have sunbath (on sunny days of couse). I know many activities (urban class with an architect, temporary art exhibition visit, Pilates Class…), free or paid, are available on this place but if you want more information you should visit the website.
How to get there ?
The suspended park crosses through the blocs between the 10th and 11th Avenue, from the 30th Street to Gansevoort Street. However you can also reach it by the 28th, 26th, 23th, 20th, 18th, 16th and 14th Streets.