Take a walk on the High Line! New York City

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The High Line is one of my very favourite places in New York. Transformed from a disused stretch of elevated rail line into a beautifully landscaped public park, it is an oasis of calm above New York and offers an alternative perspective of the city.

It’s my go to place when I’m in the mood for some green space, fantastic artwork and stunning views. Let’s take a walk down this New York must see sight!

The High Line

The High Line turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into a beautiful urban garden. I love walking through and observing the city from above. The walkway is surrounded by over 100,000 plants which are inspired by the landscape that grew out of the railway tracks.

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The flowers:

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The Views

The walk offers spectacular views of some of New York’s biggest landmarks. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are visible from different vantage points along the way and I can while away many happy hours watching New York life on the streets and avenues in the surrounding area.

Statue of Liberty:

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Empire State Building:

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The 26th street viewing spur offers a beautiful street view:

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It’s always fun to check out the New York apartment blocks along the way:

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The Art

My favourite part. Where else can you go for a walk in the park and pretend you’re in a museum absorbing the culture! The High Line showcases a selection of some very cool and fun art works and sculptures which line the route.

It offers a magnificent view of my absolute favourite street art in the city, Eduardo Kobra’s mural of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photo VJ Day, The Kiss which recreates the iconic photo of a sailor passionately kissing a nurse on VJ Day in Times Square in a kaleidoscope of colours. It’s located on 25th Street.

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Jordan Betten, Lady Luck between 27th and 28th:

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Thomas Demand, High Line, 18th Street

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Charlie Hewitt, Urban Rattle, 23rd street

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The Sculptures

Another highlight is the public art installations which are commissioned by the Friends of the High Line. My personal favourite is Busted, a group installation which features sculptures by 10 international artists.

Sean Landers, Pan:

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John Ahearne, Florent Morellet:High Line review

Andra Ursuta, Nose job:

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Ruby Neri, Before a Framework:High Line review

Goshka Macuga, Colin Powell:High Line review

Hanging out!

There are some lovely spots to take some time out and relax.

The Diller–Von Furstenberg Sundeck  between 13th and 14th street has loads of great big sun loungers to chill out on. On sunny days it’s hard to drag yourself away!

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The 10th Avenue Square is fantastic! I love getting comfortable on the wooden beams and watching the 10th avenue traffic pass me by. And be thankful that, for once, I’m not stuck in the New York traffic!

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A walk on the High Line is a New York must see and I love the fact that the city created such a wonderful space rather than demolish the unused railway track. And the best bit? Start the walk at the 30th street entrance and the last exit is so close to Chelsea Market it would be rude not to visit! Your day will just get better and better!

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33 thoughts on “Take a walk on the High Line! New York City”

  1. I’d read about a similar concept in another city (I think somewhere in Europe) and I thought it was genius! Ah if only we could develop something like this here in India!

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  2. I’d not heard of this until reading your article, but it looks fantastic. I’m heading to New York in May, so will 100% find the High Line when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of those sun loungers has my name on it, and some of the street art looks amazing too!

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  3. This is what I’m looking for when I visit a city. I am one of the few American travelers that hasn’t made it to NYC yet, but I’m hoping to within the next year. I love that they have made a conscious effort to provide fun and artsy places for people to explore. I really love the artwork you’ve chosen to share with us, it is fun and quirky. Can’t wait to get there.

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  4. I’ve heard a lot about the High Line. I figured it would be crowded all the time? Street art is beautiful too. I have a soft spot for the take on the sailor kissing the nurse 🙂

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  5. I’ve never been to the States and been planning to go next year, this post just makes me like to go to New York! Also, aside from the Street Art which is really beautiful can you recommend where to go for first timer like me?

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  6. Oh, wow! This post is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing! I would love to explore the High Line and take in all that super cool art and also amazing views. So neat!!!

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  7. Great post! I loved the highline when I went to NYC a few years ago! I love that it was basically abandoned and then they fixed it up into such an awesome spot! And as your photos show, great street art there!

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  8. Oh look at all that..! I had no idea. That park looks wonderful! The sculptures and everything..? I though you put up the featured image crazily yourself, but that exists there on a wall! Amazing..! Definitely on my list for the next NY trip. Thanks!

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    • Thanks Veronika! We added the text to the featured image but you can see the rest from the High Line! It’s one of my favourite New York pictures!

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  9. Absolutely fell in love with the highline, such a great way to see the most amazing city! I love how it cuts through to pass buildings, roads and weave through areas, it gives you a different perspective on the city.

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