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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?