The High Line is a public park owned by the City of New York and mainly maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line (they raise 98% of the annual budget) in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
The High Line first opened to trains in 1934, designed to go through the center of blocks, rather than over the avenue, carrying goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district. In the 1980’s, following the growth of the interstate trucking industry the High Line ceased to operate any more trains.
In 1999 the Friends of the High Line was founded by two residents of the High Line neighbourhood, Joshua David and Robert Hammond. Their aim was to preserve the High Line and to promote it’s reuse as public open space. By 2006 work began, and work on the final section was still being done when we visited in September 2015.
Oh it’s a marvelous space offering so much; high up views over West Manhattan, a green floral laced space to enjoy, small stalls bring business, seating and ample room for visitors. The Friends of the High Line have a host of different activities on offer including Stargazing, Tai Chi, Meditation, “The Collectivity Project” for kids, “The Collectivity Project” for adults, Velvet Gloves Gentleman’s Boxing and more (see activities link at bottom of this post for more details).
There was a fair bit of building work and rejuvenation around the High Line area, testament that preserving this public space has boosted local economy. When we visited in September on a Saturday there were plenty of people there, locals, tourists, a group of people dressed up as Andy Warhols and as we sat to take in the view a guy dropped to one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, much the delight and cheers of everyone around them!
December 1st to March 31st: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
April 1st to May 31st : 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
June 1st to September 30th: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
October 1st to November 30th: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Getting there: Full details on how to get to the High Line can be found here.
Good places to get a bite ot eat: You can walk the High Line in either direction ,but if you walk the High Line from the West 34th Street entrance to the Gansevoort Street exit you can drop into Gansevoort Market, which is literally a 1 minute walk from the exit. It’s open daily from 8am – 9pm. There’s a huge selection of places to eat in there, with locally sourced delicious food at reasonable prices. I highly recommended a visit for a real flavour of the area and taste of the history.
All photos taken with a Pentax 645Z and 55mm lens which was kindly loaned to me for my trip to New York by Calumet‘s Rental department.