The High Line: An Extraordinary Urban Park in New York City

Thirty feet above the chaotic streets of New York City exists a little piece of serenity known as The High Line.

West Side

The High Line, New York City

Built in the 1930s as part of the West Side Improvement project, the skeleton of the once prosperous freight rail line is now an extraordinary elevated public park owned by the City of New York. In 1999, community members protested the proposed demolition of the abandoned rail structure and banned together to forestall its destruction and preserve the City’s history. They were successful in their efforts and currently maintain and operate the urban park through the non-profit organization, Friends of the High Line.


Grasses, shrubbery, and wild flowers decorate the cement pathway that is the main vein of the park.  A “beach” area offers a place for visitors and locals to enjoy a picnic, people-watching, or a relaxing read.

The "beach" area on NYC's High Line

The “beach” area on NYC’s High Line

The park features multiple patios that offshoot the primary footpath offering a brief escape from a day in the office or a quiet place to eat lunch and chat with friends.

The High Line


Glass paneled railings allow visitors to glimpse the busy streets below and take in amazing views of the City and all its glory.

The High Line

The Empire State Building

Located in the Meatpacking District of the West Side, the entire park runs from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened in 2009. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened in 2011.  The park is open from 7a to 10p when on its fall schedule.


2 thoughts on “The High Line: An Extraordinary Urban Park in New York City

  1. We stumbled across the High Line a couple of years ago, thanks to a geocache hidden along it (which has been since been sadly archived). It’s an absolutely brilliant idea.


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