The High Line | Spectacular Views of the City

by Denise Marie

The High Line is a park located in NYC that was transformed from an abandoned railroad to a mile and a half long flora landscape in 2009. The park runs from Gansevoort St to West 34th on the West Side of Manhattan and is the newest way of seeing all of New York City from one view. The High Line was in operation from the 1930’s until 1980 carrying agricultural goods and meat to the meat packing district of the West Side to the Post Office.

It is owned today by the City of New York and is regulated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. You can take a long walk above the busy street of Manhattan admiring the beautiful views or you can sit and relax while experiencing the scenes of the city.

History of the Park
Back in the 1840’s the City of New York agreed to the construction of street level railroad tracks for Manhattan’s West Side. It was named Death Avenue due to the many accidents that took place between traffic and the trains. The tracks were then elevated to decrease the accidents while delivering goods to the industrial district. It was in 1980 when the last train would travel the High Line carrying frozen goods.

The High Line faced demolition a few years later with property owners demanding the deconstruction of the tracks. In 1999 Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization convinced the government the importance of the High Line to turn it into a park. FHL in 2004 together with the City of New York created a design team holding a 6 month competition to design the layout of the park.The recreation of turning the railway into the urban park has increased real estate development with lining neighborhoods that run along the High Line.

The High Line Today
It doesn’t matter what season it is when you visit the park. The view is spectacular in every way with for tourists and natives to take a long stroll or just sit and admire the scenery of the Hudson River, Empire State Building and the beautifully landscaped flowers. Nature on The High Line is a talking and walking tour you can take with a gardener giving you the chance to get an insider’s view at the design of the park.

Every week in the park you can gaze into the dark skies and take a look at the moon, planets and stars with high tech telescopes and even chat with a few members of the Amateur Astronomers Association. Other weekly events and other happenings are scheduled all year round. Visit the website to access the detailed events calendar.

Visiting the High Line
The park is open daily and can be accessed from 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th and Gansevoort Streets. There are elevators and bike rack access points located on all streets except 14th. The High Line can be reached by subway and bus. You can visit the parks website for upcoming events and to print out a detailed map of the park. Click here to read more on The High Line.

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