On my most recent trip to NYC one thing I really wanted to experience was The High Line. I’d heard about it from friends, witnessed lust worthy snaps on Instagram and started seeing it pop up on all the ‘must see in NYC’ lists on Pinterest. So I wasn’t going to be leaving the big apple on my next visit until I had got there!
The High Line is a linear urban park in Chelsea and the Meat Packing District of Manhattan. It’s been upcycled from an old disused railway that was due for demolition. A preservation society worked with the council to turn it into what we now know as the High Line. It’s such a clever concept and I’m sure there is lots of other parks like this all over the world. I have seen pictures of one in Paris and believe it was the initial inspiration for The High Line. I mean seriously what a clever clogs to think of having a park running amongst the high rises. It’s kinda like playing in the sky just below the clouds. They must have got some funny looks when they first proposed it.
It’s roughly just over a mile long and is a really easy walk. It’s just so beautiful and quickly became one of my favourite places!! Sights of the city and river all around you yet you feel like you aren’t surrounded by one of the biggest cities in the world. You get such a different view of the skyline and a little insight into NYC away from the hub of midtown.
It can get busy so you may want to try and avoid mid day but to me the people added to the experience. We saw some very interesting characters on our visit from excitable tourists, to NYC locals out running to Billy Connolly and even a lady taking her dog out for a walk in a pram. Taking the term furbaby a little too far.
Along with the city sights and the characters you also have wonderful views of the Hudson, street art dotted along the park and the actual tracks that have been preserved so you can see a glimpse into what it was in a previous life. It really has been executed so cleverly. There is a lot of benches along the line so always a place to sit if you want to take your time and breathe in your surroundings and or just to rest your weary legs.
I thoroughly loved our walk along the High Line and will ensure I go back again and again on my next visits. It really was a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of the NYC experience.
Here is my 5 things for your trip to the High Line
- Take your time you don’t need to rush here
- Observe. Look up, look down, look out, look EVERYWHERE
- Wrap up if visit in Autumn or winter it can get a little chilly especially by the Hudson
- Do a tour be it stargazing or food related or even try and witness an outside opera
- Take in the history of the urban park. Notice the railway sleepers in the boardwalk, look at the buildings and structures surrounding.
Have you been to the High Line or a similar park? If so would love to hear your thoughts!
There is so many great places to explore in New York. One I would have loved to visit would have been Williamsburg (save that for next time!) but you should check out this great guide from our friends at Do You Salut
24 thoughts on “The High Line in NYC ”
New York New York, we enjoyed doing this walk and the city itself. Love the photos x
Thanks Suz! It’s one of my fav things about NYC x
I love the highline!
It’s the best isn’t it. Wish there were more places like it in the world.
This is gorgeous. If I get to NYC, I’ll put this up on my list 🙂 lovely pictures.
Thanks so much. Yes you certainly should try and get there. It’s a fab thing to do in NYC x
Gorgeous shots..another one for the list too, ta! 🙂
I think it’s so cool that the High Line was once a railway! I’ll be sure to enjoy this walk if I ever visit NYC. It looks like a great place to just slow down from the fast pace of NY.
Yes it really is a great place for slowing down the pace!
I went to the High Line with my Grandma during my visit to NYC last year. Unfortunately, it was raining during most of it so I will have to go back when the weather is a bit nicer.
Thanks for stopping by. Yes I can imagine it wouldn’t be as nice in the rain.
Great article. I need to go to NYC! <3
Thanks. You really do it’s a beautiful city!
Wow, that looks so cool!
It’s so good there. You need to go!
Wow! Great photography. Very crisp. Did you use a filter?
Thanks so much. Yes there is filters on these but also took them on my SLR so better quality than the trusty old iPhone x
This looks lovely!
If I ever make it to NYC I’ll put this at the top of my list of things to do. 🙂
This is so cool!! I’ll be in NYC soon so I’m excited excited to see this!! Great post!
Oh wow lucky you!! Enjoy your visit it’s lovely!!
I’m adding this to my list of things to do when I visit NYC in June! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
I’m so jealous you’ll be there in June! Have the best time
Thank you! 🙂