- Sep 22, 2008
The High Line grew out of an abandoned elevated train line in Manhattan's lower west side, extending from the West Village area near the Hudson River north for 1.5 miles through Chelsea to 30th Street. A community group lobbied to turn the decrepit old structure that was facing demolition into an aerial garden.
My family took me there on Fathers Day-- it completely exceeded my expectations. I took many pics but I've been having difficulty loading more than the 2 above using this new format. (Any advice re: how to upload more?) Pics and descriptions don't do it justice, though. The High Line has distinct sections such as a forest, flower gardens, climbing vines and grasslands. It goes through several buildings, has an outdoor pub, food and ice cream vendors, sitting/lounging ares, musicians, and even a (barely) wet area for little kids to stomp their feet in. It includes several entry staircases and an elevator. It's helped to regentrify the area too. And it's free.
I highly recommend it for a relaxing yet fascinating "hike" in lower Manhattan. Afterwards you can head over to the lightship "Frying Pan" by Chelsea Piers to quench your thirst with a cold drink, or just enjoy the many street level cafes along the High Line.