An elevated green park with a sense of rear window curiosity. High Line Park is open from 7 am to 10 pm year 'round, featuring unique characteristics throughout the four seasons with the natural changing landscape and events. Surrounded by the wildflowers and green foliage, the pathway meanders alongside the buildings, intimate park benches and inviting seating steps providing plenty of resting spots. The cityscape unfolding among the brilliant design structures, integrated seamlessly with the urban setting. A hideaway above the street traffic with amazing views from dusk to dawn, it is equally magical for tourists and residents alike.
The High Line, originally constructed in the 1930s, used to elevate dangerous freight train traffic off of the streets of Manhattan’s busiest industrial district. 30 feet up in the air, The High Line trains delivered supplies directly to the second floor of warehouses all along the west side route from 14th Street up to 30th Street. The trains ceased operation in 1980, and the rail line became overrun with weeds, wild flowers and rust. Threatened with demolition, in 1999 Friends of the High Line was founded by two visionary residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond, which led to the eventual transformation of the old freight line into one of New York’s most unique public parks runs above Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).
A collaboration flourished with leading urban design and landscape architecture team James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and planting designer Piet Oudolf. Construction on the park began in 2006. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street, opened June 9, 2009. The second section, from West 20th Street to West 30th Street opened in June 8, 2011. The construction of the third and final section is underway in January, 2013.
The abandoned High Line is now evolved into a cultivated destination sitting above one of the most trendy neighborhood in New York City. The cobblestone streets below lined with art galleries, design shops, restaurants, nightclubs and boutique hotels. The Meatpacking District and Chelsea are delightful be around as you explore The High Line’s points of interest. The history of this area has been preserved through a well-thought out one-of-a-kind transformation.