Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The High Line is an elevated railway recycle transformed into a public park on Manhattan's West Side.
Rev: "In the cold winter months, there are far fewer tourists clogging the pathways. It's well worth an early morning visit to enjoy an elevated jog above the city!"
After years of public debate about the hazard, in 1929 the city and the state of New York and the New York Central Railroad agreed on the West Side Improvement Project, which included the High Line. The 13-mile project eliminated 105 street-level railroad crossings and added 32 acres to Riverside Park. It cost over $150 million, about $2 billion in 2009 dollars.
Rev: "Lucky to find a sunny day (still only 32 def F/0 deg C) but walked the Highline which was one of the highlights on 2 week NY trip. Will have to come back in Summer and re-walk it. Great views of city and very well laid out on existing EL."
Rev: "We go to the High Line as often as we can. It's a beautiful spot for a walk. And it's nice to get off the streets for a little peace and quiet every once in a while. Love it!"
So, what IS the High Line? Think of it as a boardwalk, but instead of running along the ocean and beach, it runs along the Hudson River. It also runs in between and under various high-rise buildings, a route that provides it with a city feeling that few boardwalks have."
One word of warning, as with any boardwalk locale near water, this place will no doubt be cold in the winter, so dress warm if that's the time you have to go. And in summer, where a hat because there's little in the way of shade for most of its length."
Rev: "Get a cup of coffee and walk the whole line from about 12th st to the 30ths with lots of entrances and exits. Good sculpture and people watching."
Rev: "Entered at 30th Street between 11th and 12th avenues...wonderful walk along the "top" of 10th Avenue. Highly recommend in sunshine or in rain (we had both). Good access and the Gansevoort exit puts you right into Greenwich Village. The Friends of the High Line had great vision and they are to be commended...can hardly wait to see the extension west and north."
Rev: "Don't miss this Manhattan delight, vivid artery flowing thru Chelsea to West Village. A charming piece of modernity keeping disappearing history still living. Beautiful 360 degrees view , very romantic and so exciton, I love this place so much !"
Rev: "New York City's High Line provides a delightful diversion from the city's street-level stresses and concrete format. Tourists and locals alike can reconnect with nature through the innovative transformation of abandoned elevated-train platforms into a public park with unique landscaping designs, benches and tables, even some vendors along the reclaimed route through several west-side neighborhoods. The areas below are themselves experiencing a revitalization where you can find many new restaurant offerings and boutiques around the High Line's various entry/exit points. Fun and free!"
On June 13, 2005, the U.S. Federal Surface Transportation Board issued a certificate of interim trail use, allowing the City to remove most of the line from the national railway system. On April 10, 2006, Mayor Bloomberg presided over a ceremony that marked the beginning of construction.
Rev: "I was a bit skeptical to walk the high line in December (when it was freezing outside!), but once I got up there I forgot all about the temperature. It was gorgeous. Beautiful trees and plants, stunning design from the benches to the look out points. It is well worth a stroll any time of year."
Rev: "The High Line is an old railway above the streets of Chelsea (West-Village). It is turned into a park and you can have a really nice walk between the popular and hip Meatpacking District and Midtown Manhattan. From the line you have great views at the city. It's a pity the line is (at this moment) so short. It would be great to have this stroll all the way to uptown Manhattan."
Rev: "Absolutely fabulous interactive regeneration of disused elevated railway line. Even in winter and very cold weather was a great walk. Loved the viewing platforms over the streets below. Loved looking into windows at that level and getting a glimpse of life in the meat packer district. Combine with a trip to Chelsea markets and the meatpacker district"
The park's attractions include naturalized plantings that are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the disused tracks and new, often unexpected views of the city and the Hudson River.
Rev: "We've followed the development of the High Line for more than a decade. We first visited soon after it opened and have been back several times since. It's a great place for a leisurely walk, looking around both near and far.You feel you're both away from the city and immersed in the West Side. Great plantings for all seasons, seating areas, art and sculpture. Fabulous views of the Hudson River waterfront. Lots of interesting people young and old, from the neighborhood and all over the world. Go to walk, or bring along something to read and just hang out.Lots of restaurants along 10th Avenue if you get hungry."
Rev: "The highline is nice, a good view down on the city and a nice walk after any of the number of restaurants in Chelsea. One of the few free romantic things to do in the city. Great place to eavesdrop or people watch as well."
Rev: "The High Line is an amazing project walking on a disused elevated railway line above the city. In the summer there are stalls selling ice pops made from the herbs grown on the High Line. Go now."
Rev: "Amazed to see how they came up with the idea. Love the way the place was recycled to become a park to relax and hang out. Wish more cities would do this."
Rev: "We walk the high line every time we are in New York. Such a great idea to make such use of the (no longer in use) train. It takes you directly into meatpacking district which is always a good place to stop for a drink or bite."
Residents who have bought apartments next to the High Line have adapted to its presence in varying ways. For the most part though, their responses are positive.
Rev: "Yes, the locals hate us for recommending this and I might hate myself too because it has gotten more crowded each time we go, but this is one of those great New York experiences that shouldn't be missed. How can you pass up old rain tracks turned into a walking part? It is a site to be seen, the flowers/gardens are beautiful and the people watching is first rate."
Several cities also have plans to renovate some railroad infrastructure into park land, including Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago, where the Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7 mile-long linear park on former railroad infrastructure, will run through several neighborhoods.
Rev: "The landscape and views change with the seasons. Worth a visit anytime of year to get a different perspective of NYC. Dedicated volunteers keep the extensive "gardens" tidy and beautiful year round. What took several years to achieve by a couple of steadfast men is now a tribute to the ultimate reuse and recycle mantra: Rails to Trails. and a fabulous place to take a fair weather stroll."
Rev: "When you walk the high Line you will get a totally different perspective of new york. Do stop and walk down into some of the neighborhoods. There is a great little restaurant at the bottom of a stair way in the high teens called Le Luncheonette. Different times of year give you a different feeling, but it is enjoyable whenever you go."