Weaving through Manhattan’s sidewalks is a historic elevated railway track turned public park known as The High Line. After living in the concrete jungle for almost three years, we understand the need to escape the hectic life of being a New Yorker, and this is by far one of our favourite spots to do so.
The rail line was originally built in the 1930s to remove dangerous rail traffic from the streets below but it closed in 1980 due to the increase of interstate trucking and the decline of rail freight. The track was at risk of being demolished until a group of local resident’s now known as the Friends of the High Line saved the historic site. Their idea was to see the space preserved and reused as a public space which is exactly what has happened.
The park is a collaboration by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and planting designer Piet Oudolf and includes art installations, seasonally changing vegetation, water features, lookouts and suspended seating. It is all incredibly integrated and the landscaping and architecture elements run seamlessly together. Since the project first started construction in 2006 and Phase One opened in June 2009 The High Line now extends from Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing district to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
The High Line can be enjoyed at all times of the year, day or night. We recommend grabbing some treats from the Chelsea Markets (like croissants from Amy’s Bread, vegan sushi from Beyond Sushi or a latte from Ninth Street Espresso), head up the stairs and sit back to watch the world go by. Finish off with a walk along the length of the park. By the end you will want to keep coming back to further discover this wonderland above the streets of New York City.