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The High Line

Address Gansevoort Street to 20th Street; NY 10011
between Tenth and Eleventh Ave
Neighbourhood Meat Packing District, Chelsea | See on map
Subway 8th Avenue-14th St [A, C, E, L]
Telephone +1 212 500 6035
Website http://www.thehighline.org/
Price Free
Hours Mon-Sun 07-22h

What began as a dream to save a 1.5-mile-long unused elevated railroad track on the Lower West Side, has become New York’s newest and coolest park. Designed by famous architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, this elevated park offers bird’s eye views of the Hudson River, extending from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, with 34th Street as its eventual stopping point. The amazing space still resembles the pathways of the original train tracks, favouring weed-like plants and benches made of wood, concrete and steel.

The second section is now open, doubling the park’s length and boasting all kinds of shrubbery, from the prairie-like Chelsea thicket and wildflower fields to shady woodland and lawn complete with teak benches. Connecting three neighbourhoods along the West Side, it spans from West 20th Street to West 30th Street and includes two new structures: The Flyover, and elevated steel walkway that’ll lift you into the trees, and The Cutout, the pedestrian path’s only breaking point with viewing platform.

Stop by Dean & Deluca or grab a salad from a Whole Foods Market and have lunch on a lounger in the shade of the Standard Hotel. Then climb down the stairs and check out the talent sunbathing on the lawns and piers of the redeveloped Hudson River Park. Pier 45 by West 10th Street is particularly popular with the boys.