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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Highline

After living in New York City for three years you would think I know anything and everything new going on this this amazing city. Ha, yeah right! The High Line has been under construction for all three years I have lived here. I did not know a thing about it until a month ago when my boss, John, told me he was going one afternoon.

I knew about Highline Ballroom so I just figured he was going to see a band, which is something John would do. He asked if any of us had been yet. I seemed to be the only person who didn't know what he was talking about. Immediately, the conversation topic was as far off as it could be from a music hall. Instead, it sounded more like an old elevated railway track that had been renovated as a park on the West side of Manhattan. It was then, I started guessing he was not talking about the High Line Ballroom anymore.

So, what does any 25 year old girl living in Manhattan do when someone mentions something she hasn't heard about? She Google's it. And that's what I did.

I have not been to the High Line yet. I am planning on saving the trip for when my parents come visit in September. Something new and special for us to do that we already haven't done. I have heard great things about it. I can't wait to go and take some pictures and enjoy the view of Manhattan elevated on some old railway tracks that used to bring the meat to the Meatpacking District! Only in NYC!

(Thank you to for all the information and pictures!)

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.

When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs.

Park Information

The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. I t runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 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 20th Street.

For park information, please call the High Line Information Line: (212) 500-6035


The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.


Acc ess to the High Line is p ossible via any o f the access points listed below.

In the event the High Line reaches capacity, you ma y be asked to enter via the Gansevoort Street stairs (or 16th Street elevator if you need elevator service) only, to ensure public safety and the safety of the park itself.

  • Gansevoort Street
  • 14th Street (Elevator access will be available lat er this summer.)
  • 16th Street (elevator access)
  • 18th Street
  • 20th Street

Getting to the High Line

The High Line can be reached via the following methods of public transportation:

L / A / C / E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue
C / E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue
1 / 2 / 3 to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 18th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue

M11 to Washington Street
M11 to 9th Avenue
M14 to 9th Avenue
M23 to 10th Avenue
M34 to 10th Avenue

A four-minute fly-through animation of the design for Sections 1 and 2. This video was made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements, and was produced by Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

High Line Design Slide Show

This slideshow features design renderings of Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street. It includes features such as the Sundeck, Tenth Avenue Square, Woodland Flyover, and 30th Street Cutout, as well as recent photos of the High Line's construction.

Publication: Designing the High Line

This full-color book, released in 2008, presents the final comprehensive design for Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line, by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The 160-page publication includes design renderings, maps, and photographs depicting the High Line from its construction in the 1930s through its current re-construction. It's available on for $30.

Buy Designing the High Line on

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