I <3 NY: The High Line

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The High Line

I strongly feel that people tend to lean toward one living environment over the other.   There are those that want to feel the energy of the city and those that yearn for the smell of the ocean.  People that love the comfort of the suburbs and those that crave the beauty of the mountains.  As a collective whole we may not always have the privilege of laying roots in our dream location, but most of us find a compromise that works.  After high school I couldn’t get out fast enough, I could not imagine myself working or living in New York, no matter how much I loved it.

Today cities are changing their tune — locals, architects, engineers, they are all beginning to realize the importance of incorporating nature into a city layout, in turn combining features that have for so long divided the city lovers from those that crave a sense of nature.  The High Line project in downtown Manhattan has brought a sense of peace, relaxation, and outdoors to neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, Clinton, Hell’s Kitchen, and the West Side Rail Yards.

What is The High Line?

In 1847 the city of New York authorized a street level railroad system on the Lower West Side to help with all the local imports and exports. From 1851 – 1929 an enormous number of accidents occurred in the area, so much so that 10th Avenue became know as “Death Avenue”.  The city decided they must step in, they put the West Side Improvement Project underway.  The project was to build the railroad on a 3 story high platform, called the High Line, eliminating 105 street-level railroad crossings.  The project cost over $150 million in 1930 dollars, that’s more than $2 billion today.  The project was finished in 1934 and trains efficient and effectively moved goods in and out of the city for more than 20 years.  After twenty years the use of the Interstate Highways became more efficient and the High Line became nearly useless.

Over the next several decades there were acts to demolish the still existing high-line platform as well as acts to save it.  In 2002, The Design Trust for Public Space, contracts architect Casey Jones to conduct research and outreach for a planning study that will layout the framework for the High Lines’s preservation and reuse.  The City soon hops on board and a competition for design ideas are held.  Nearly 720 teams from 36 different countries submit their proposals and are displayed in Grand Central Station.  Shortly after in 2003, Mayor Bloomberg offers city funding for the project and a design team is selected.  James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture firm, Dillar Scofidio + Renfrom, and architecture firm that specializes in horticulture, engineering, security, maintenance, and public art.  Building began in 2006 and Section 1 opened to the public on June 9th, 2009 and Section 2 on June 8th, 2011.

Watch this amazing video rendering below!

High Line Highlights

High Line Highlights

High Line Food

  • L’Arte Del Gelato:   Artisanal gelato and sorbetto made of fresh ingredients.
    • Where: Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line near West 16th Street
    • When:  Daily: 11:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Blue Bottle:  Espresso bar, Drip coffees prepared to order, iced coffees, and house-made baked goods.
    • Where: Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line near West 16th Street
    • When:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Melt Bakery:  Ice cream, offering unique and delicious flavor combinations mashed between two cookies.
    • Where: Gansevoort Plaza, below the High Line at Gansevoort and Washington Streets
    • When:  Friday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 10:00 PM
  • La NewYorkina:  Ice pops in flavors that range from mango-chili to hibiscus to fresh coconut.
    • Where: The Lawn, on the High Line near West 23rd Street
    • When:  Daily: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • People’s Pops:  Greenmarket fruit-based ice pops and shaved ice.
    • Where: Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line near West 16th Street
    • When:  Daily: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • The Porch:  40-seat, open-air cafe with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Ingredients all coming from local family farms exercising humane and environmentally friendly practices, offers fresh, seasonal, and delicious fare, including the bruschettas and sandwiches, fruit, and wine and beer from New York State.
    • Where: On the High Line at West 15th Street
    • When:  Daily: 12:00 Noon – 9:00 PM

The park is built directly adjacent to city buildings

The picture framed High Line from the street below

High Line Park Information

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. Section 2, between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

Hours

The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily. Last entrance to the park is at 10:45 PM.

Map

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