Walking New York’s High Line

One of the most popular attractions in New York for tourists and locals alike, is the High Line, a public walkway that meanders high above the streets on the western side of the city.

This elevated railway track was built in the early thirty’s to take the dangerous freight trains away from the streets. The track was left in ruin after the last train stopped in 1980. It had been slated for demolition but in 1999, a group known as the ‘Friends of the High Line’ was formed and have fought tirelessly to retain it as public open space.

In June 2009, their dream became a reality with the opening of the first section between Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district and W20th St. June 2011 saw the opening of the second stage from 20th Street to 30th Street and just recently approval has been give for the final stage from 30th Street  to 34th Street to go ahead.

We started our walk at the northern end of the High Line at 30th Street where you can see the remaining part of the track that is soon to be converted.


The High Line at W30th Street, New York

The start of the High Line at W30th Street


The walkway passes between apartment and office buildings with great views to be seen between the buildings.

New York's High Line

The High Line


W25th Street from New York's High Line

W25th Street from the High Line



Sitting areas have been thoughtfully included. This is part of a raised walkway, known as the Falcone flyover.  A ‘window’ on the right overlooks 26th Street.

High Line, New York

Seated alcoves have been included in the design


Restoration of the line has helped properties in the area with many being redeveloped and new ones built such as the HL 23 building seen in the photo below. In this area known as the Chelsea Thicket, trees and flowers have been planted quite densely.

Infront of the HL23 Building on the High Line, New York

This part of the High Line is known as the Chelsea Thicket


On the other side of the HL23 building, a street lawn has been added. Another clever idea!

HL23 Building on the High Line, New York

The grassed area infront of the HL23 Building.


A lot of thought has gone into the landscape design with paving following the line of the tracks and teak benches designed in keeping with area. Drought resistant shrubs, wildflowers and grasses have been planted in between the tracks and paving. Flowers attract the birds and provide an ever changing look to the park.


Grasses planted between the tracks on the High Line, New York

Grasses planted between the tracks



Landscaping detail on the High Line, New York

Landscaping on the High Line



Sarah Sze sculpture on the High Line, New York

Sarah Sze's birdhouse sculpture.


Flowers along the High Line walk

Flowers along the walk


As the tracks curve towards the  Hudson River, the view opens out.


Tree groves have been planted along the walk offering shade for those hot New York days.

New York's High Line

A quiet corner on the High Line


Here, a new perspective on Frank Gehry’s IAC building at 8 Spruce Street can be seen. To the right and behind this is Jean Nouvel’s apartment tower in Eleventh Avenue.

View from the High Line of Gehry's IAC Building in New York

Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel's buildings can now be seen



Frank Gehry's IAC Building as seen from the High Line, New York

Another view of Frank Gehry's IAC Building- Can you tell I'm a Gehry fan!!


At 10th Avenue and 17th Street, an innovative touch has been added in the form of an urban theatre….a  window where you can sit and watch the world go by.


Further along at 10th Avenue and W15th Street, the W Hotel in Hoboken can be seen on the other side of the Hudson River.

The view across the Hudson River from the High Line, New York

The view across the Hudson River to the W Hotel


The National Biscuit Building was an important complex in this area. Buildings were spread over two blocks with pedestrian walkways joining them. At W15th street, these can also be seen from the High Line. The main building is now the Chelsea Market, a retail complex of food orientated shops and restaurants.

The National Biscuit Company footbridge on 15th Street, New York

The footbridge on W15th Street


Chelsea Market on High Line, New York

The Chelsea Market building


Reclining wooden chaises along the High Line, New York

Wooden chaises invite a longer stay.



The Standard Hotel, sitting over the High Line, New York

The Standard Hotel, built over the tracks


Flowering Appalachian Red Redbud on the High Line, New York

The beautiful flowering Appalachian Red Redbud


The end of the High Line at Ganesvoort Street, New York

The end of the Line at Ganesvoort Street


Looking back at the high Line, New York

Looking back at the High Line and the Standard Hotel


Scenes from the Meatpacking District, New York

The Meatpacking District


New Yorker’s are proud of the High Line and rightly so. Don’t miss it!


The map below shows where you can access the High Line.
For more information see The High Line web site

Map of the High Line, New York



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17 Responses to Walking New York’s High Line

  1. Joanne Harland May 30, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    What agreat idea who would of thought it was hidden between the towering building of New York. Can`t wait to go back and check it out.

    • [email protected] May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      It is a fabulous walk Joanne. I’d do it each time I went to New York just to see the gardens in the different seasons. We just missed all the coffee and icecream carts that come out in summer!
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Let’s hope you get to New York soon!

  2. marina May 31, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    gorgeous! the vibrant pink blossoms must have been a joy to see!

    • [email protected] June 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      The blossom was stunning Marina. Loved the whole walk….very impressive!

  3. Sandi Brown May 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Jen fabulous photos, what a great idea restoring it all. Love the bird boxes


    • [email protected] June 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks Sandi. It was great that the residents fought against its demolition. Certainly a fun thing to do!

  4. Krista June 1, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    What a gorgeous and wonderful thing to do. 🙂 I love cities but positively CRAVE greenery and space to walk and SEE, so I would love this. 🙂

    • [email protected] June 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      You would love it Krista. It’s a fabulous walk- thank heavens the locals fought to save it.

  5. Amanda @ Not A Ballerina June 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    I had no idea this existed – will definitely take a stroll here on my next trip to NYC. Gorgeous photos.

    • [email protected] June 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      It’s one attraction in New York that you shouldn’t miss, Amanda. The views are fabulous as well

  6. jan June 11, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    What a great post. I remember reading about this walk – but somehow did not do it when we were there!

    • [email protected] June 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks Jan. It’s a shame you missed it as it was fabulous. So different and such a clever concept to save the old railway? I think you need to go back!!

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