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.
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:
Empire State Building:
The 26th street viewing spur offers a beautiful street view:
It’s always fun to check out the New York apartment blocks along the way:
Where to stay in New York, the hotels we love:
We’ve stayed all over the city during our trips to NYC. Here’s some of our faves:
- the Courtyard Soho for its downtown location and price
- SIXTY Lower East Side when we want explore downtown with a bonus rooftop pool!
- Pod 51 is an awesome and funky option close to the Rockefeller Center
- Hi NYC on the Upper West Side is a great hostel option.
- the Knickerbocker and the Greenwich for unrivalled luxury
- the Renaissance Times Square for its Times Square location
- We use booking.com as it usually has awesome prices and flash sales on NYC hotels!
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.
Jordan Betten, Lady Luck between 27th and 28th:
Thomas Demand, High Line, 18th Street
Charlie Hewitt, Urban Rattle, 23rd street
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:
Andra Ursuta, Nose job:
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!
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!
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!