A Walk On The High Line, New York City

A Walk on the High Line

It was a hot day.  It was a very hungover day.  It was not the day to be rushing around and doing lots of sightseeing.  It was the day though to take a walk on the High Line in New York City.

After a disgustingly late night, my friends and I were in no fit state to do much the day we walked the High Line.  You see, we’d been to see the New York Yankees game the previous evening and went out after, just because we could.  The impromptu drinks had turned into a night of cocktails and coffee liqueur shots.  It didn’t end well and we were all feeling the horrible effects the morning after.

A Walk on the High Line

Don’t let these happy faces fool you, we were feeling awful!

 

Not ones to waste the day though, we decided to head towards the High Line.  A section of NYC that is above the streets, away from the bustling crowds and surrounded by greenery and cool street art.  A perfect hangover cure if you ask me!

What is the High Line, New York City?

The High Line used to be a rail line which ran through Western Manhattan.  This historic freight rail line is elevated above the ground and runs from West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues right through to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District.

A Walk on the High Line

The rail line is now a public park and hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists visit the High Line each year to explore the city from a different perspective.

Getting to the High Line…

Our hostel – HI New York – was based on Amsterdam Avenue near 104th, a fair distance from where we started our walk on the High Line at West 30th Street on 11th Avenue.

A Walk on the High Line

The beginning of our walk on the High Line which looked back towards where the 3rd and final section of the High Line was being constructed.

 

We hopped in a taxi from the hostel just because it worked out pretty cheap between four of us – I think maybe about $18 – but it’s just as easy to jump on the subway and walk to one of the many gateways to this public park.

What can you expect to see?

As soon as you step up on to the High Line, you see New York City from a whole new view point.  Walking above the busy streets of the city means you don’t have to wait to cross the road, you don’t have to fight for space on the side walk and you don’t have to crane your neck upwards to see some of the unique architecture this city has to offer – you’re walking along side it!

A Walk on the High Line

The High Line is surrounded by lush greenery, water features and fascinating street art. I’m a huge fan of street art and love seeing different pieces of work in various cities around the works.

A Walk on the High Line

A Walk on the High Line

 

A Walk on the High Line

Melbourne and Miami have had some of the most impressive pieces of street art so far but the High Line is a great way to see the colourful art of New York from above the streets.

What facilities are there?

There are several points of access along the High Line with stair access at ten points along the walk and elevator access at five points.  There’s toilets on West 16th and also Gansevoort St, so if you’re heading further North on the High Line, make sure to make a pit stop here especially on a hot day when you’ll be drinking lots of water.

A Walk on the High Line

The ideal place to sit down, looking over 10th Avenue.

 

For refreshments along the way, there were ice cream and drink stalls when I visited in September.  Unfortunately I didn’t see any cash machines en route so it’s probably a good idea to bring some along for the walk, in case you fancy a snack.

What if I fancy a good lunch?

When you step onto the High Line, there’s a little booklet you can pick up which tells you about the journey and which also points out great places for food!  My friends and I ended up at a place called Rocket Pig – a tiny little place but with the tastiest BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich.

A Walk on the High Line

So incredibly delicious…

 

A Walk on the High Line

 

Try it if you’re passing by, although if you’re desperate for a sit down in a cool air conditioned room, it might not be the best choice.

How long does a walk on the High Line take?

Well, it takes as long as you want it to take.  If you want it to take all day, it can take all day.

A Walk on the High Line

If you just want a quick ten minute break from the busy streets below, it can be just that.  We were on there for around 3 hours, although we were taking it steady in the heat and we stopped for lunch.

A Walk on the High LineA walk on the High Line is just a great way to see the New York City from another perspective or to take time out from the bustling streets.

Have you visited New York’s High Line before?  What did you think of it?  I visited in summer when the plants were in bloom but is it much different in winter?

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  • I love the high line! When I was working on 34th street, they were still opening it up section by section. I wish I’d been around when they finally opened the section near us! The food trucks that park under the High Line are some of my favorite in the city. Such a great place to grab a (relatively) inexpensive meal and read in the sun when it’s warm and sunny!

    • Oh you’re so lucky to be working in such an amazing city! It is a really great place to grab food, would you recommend anywhere in particular for food?

  • Oh I love the Highline. I love grabbing a coffee and just walking around and people watch. I’ve been in the winter/fall and the colors are so different! The Atlanta BeltLine is modeled after it and it’s one of my favorite places in the city.

    • I’d love to see it in winter, I bet it’s so different! It is a great place for people watching isn’t it?

  • I never knew about this. Sounds so fun. Can’t wait to check it out with my son sometime!

    • It’s really fun! I hope you enjoy it if you go visit with your son! 🙂

  • I just loved the Highline on the cold, blustery spring day I visited. Great to see some of the artwork that was still in progress is complete and I hear there’s a section open to the waterfront. It’s a visionary re-imagining of such a historic rail line.

    • It’s an amazing way to reinvent something that would have other wise been demolished, isn’t it? Yeah, there’s a new section just opened which I believe looks over the water more than the previous 2 sections. Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! 😀

  • I’ve never heard of the High Line before, but it sounds like a cool way to explore parts of the city. When I’ll have the chance to visit NYC, I’ll make sure to check it out. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • No worries 😀 I’d definitely recommend it for a chilled out time in NYC! 😀

  • Thanks for sharing this, I didn’t know about the High Line in New York. In fact I haven’t been there since 2006, it might have not existed at the time…

    • I think I read the first section opened in 2009 so it would probably have been under construction when you were there. Would you go back to visit?

  • This is very cool! I’ve heard about this before, and I know that there are plans for a project like this in Chicago (or is there already one there, too?) Anyways, I liked your pictures a lot! I really want to make it out to NYC and this will be one of the first destinations on my list. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
    JoAnna

    • Oh you should go if you visit NYC, especially if it’s a nice day! I’m not entirely sure if there’s one in Chicago but if there is, it gives me another reason to visit the windy city!

  • Such a great comprehensive guide! I’m absolutely gutted I didn’t get here when I visited – it seems like it’s all everyone’s talking about nowadays *sighs* It looks so beautiful and now you’ve just made me want to go back EVEN MORE! 😀 x

    • Sorryy! 😀 Haha, it’s a great place and DEFINITELY worth going back for! 🙂 I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it before but there’s a part that opened just after I left NYC and I’d loved to go back and visit to see that!

  • You must have caught it on a good day with no crowds! During peak times the high line is more crowded than the streets! I do love it though and I always go early in the morning (like 7/8) before people start arriving! Then I head to Chelsea Market for some yummy food!

    • Yeah I must have done! Maybe we were pretty lucky 🙂 It would have been nice to go super early before it got too hot but it’s great there’s loads of places to sit down and chill out!

  • I’ve been to NYC countless times but never to the High Lane…sad right? Definitely need to check it out on my next visit.

    • Not sad at all – there’s so much to see in NYC I’m not surprised you haven’t been able to fit it in yet. Definitely do visit next time though! It’s so worth a visit 🙂

  • It sounds like you had a great day 🙂 Your lunch looks delicious!

    • It was extremely scrumptious 🙂

  • It sounds pretty cool although I haven’t been to New York yet. I love finding interesting walks in new cities.

    • If you ever go, make a little bit of time for the High Line 🙂 It is great finding interesting walks in cities – such a good way to discover new places 🙂

  • Seems like a good option to see the city from a whole different perspective!

    • Oh it really is! There’s so much you just wouldn’t see if you were at ground level!

  • I absolutely love NYC but I didn’t even know about The High Line when I last went 3-4 years ago but it’s definitely on my list for next time and I’d quite happily spend several hours just walking it and taking in the city – a short break for a pulled pork sandwich sounds great too 🙂

    • I think pulled pork sandwiches always sound like a great idea 🙂 They were especially nice after a walk on the High Line though. Hopefully you can visit next time you make it to NYC 🙂

  • This is so cool – it’s so green in the middle of the city! And I love all the street art. Definitely on my list for when I (eventually) make it to NYC.

    • Street art is one of my favourite things and I didn’t even realise there was any to see in NYC until I took a walk on the High Line. I hope you enjoy it when you eventually make it to NYC! 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of the High Line!! But it definitely seems like a great place to get a different perspective of the city! I plan to be in NYC next spring, and I’d love to check this out! I LOVE the street art- that picture of the vibrant people is awesome!! And of course, the quote is great too. 🙂

    • Oh it’s brilliant, I hope you do manage to visit next spring – I bet the High Line is beautiful that time of year 🙂 The street art was one of my favourite parts of the walk 🙂

  • Emma, We walked the High Line last time we were in NYC as well and loved it. I definitely would recommend it to visitors. Great post!

    • Thanks for reading Corinne! It’s a great walk so I’m glad you enjoyed it too 🙂