An urban stroll along New York's High Line

One of New York's newest and most original attractions is the High Line, a former freight railway line that has been transformed into a magnificent elevated promenade on the west side of Manhattan. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district to 34th Street, the High Line follows 10th Avenue for most of its length, diverging from it only towards the end. Passing through the Meatpacking district, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, you can admire a number of buildings and other fascinating sights such as the HL23 and IAC Buildings, the Standard hotel and Quais de Chelsea. All along the promenade there are original and amusing works of art, as well as hundreds of plants and panoramic viewpoints. The High Line is one of our favourite attractions in New York, and can be experienced in a different way every month of the year.

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The history of the High Line

In the 19th century **, goods trains passed directly over the road** to deliver goods and food to lower Manhattan. But freight trains caused a huge number of traffic accidents, and 10th Avenue even earned the nicknameAvenue of Death after hundreds of people were killed by trains. To alleviate the problem, New York City decided to remove the rails from the road and create an elevated railway line, known as the West Side Elevated Line.

The High Line follows the route of an old railroad line.

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Trains have been running on this new line since 1933, carrying millions of tonnes of goods every year. Towards the end of the century, however, truck transport began to take over from freight trains, and traffic on the line came to a definitive halt in 1980.

Rumours of the demolition of the West Side Elevated Line began to spread, but the idea didn't go down too well with local residents. What followed was a major campaign over several decades to save the line and use the space for a community project. The High Line as we know it today was finally opened in 2009 and completed in 2019.

Why visit the High Line?

The High Line is a natural setting.

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If Central Park is considered by many to be New York's green lung, the High Line is a good competitor. Stretching for just over two kilometres, the suspended park can be discovered during a country walk in the heart of the city. The untamed nature that is reclaiming its rights over this ancient human construction offers a surprising contrast with the modern urban environment that surrounds us.

Here and there you can discover interesting traces of the High Line's railway past, such as the Chelsea Market passage: this was once the site of a biscuit factory, and trains delivered flour directly to the building.

The High Line offers beautiful views of New York.

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Along the way, you'll also come across many works of ** *street*** art, each more beautiful and colourful than the last. Please note that this is not vandalism; they are part of the park's programme of freely accessible contemporary art. This programme also includes outdoor performances and open-air exhibitions.

Between nature and art, the spectacle offered by the High Line is totally different every season, which is why locals love to come and stroll along it all year round. Tourists, meanwhile, appreciate the incredible views of New York from the suspended park.

Our favourite hotel overlooking the High Line

Practical information for the High Line

The High Line offers a lovely, bucolic stroll through the heart of the city, and is not to be missed on your next trip to New York! Allow around an hour to walk it from end to end, a little longer if you want to enjoy the view from a bench or take photos along the way.

📍 Where is the High Line?

Stretching from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district to 34th Street, the High Line has many entrances:

  • Gansevoort Street (with lift and toilets)
  • 14th Street (with lift)
  • 16th Street (with toilets)
  • 17th Street
  • 20th Street
  • 23rd Street (with lift)
  • 26th Street
  • 28th Street
  • 30th Street Hudson Yards
  • 30th Street Southwest (with lift)
  • 30th Street Northwest
  • 30th Street Southeast (with toilets)
  • 30th Street at 10th Avenue
  • at 30th Street and 12th Avenue

The High Line spanning a New York street.

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🚌 How do I get to the High Line?

Easily accessible by public transport, metro lines 1,2,3,7,A,C,E and L serve the High Line at several stops.

👛 High Line fares

Access to the High Line is completely free.

⏰ High Line opening times

The High Line is open every day of the year, but timetables vary according to the season:

  • in autumn (from 1 October to 30 November), the High Line is open from 7am to 10pm
  • in winter (1 December to 31 March), it is open from 7am to 7pm
  • in spring (1 April to 31 May), it is open from 7am to 10pm
  • in summer (from 1 June to 30 September), it is open from 7am to 11pm

A few tips for your visit

  • Smoking is banned on the High Line and alcohol is only permitted in certain parts of the park.
  • Bicycles, skateboards and other wheeled equipment are not permitted.
  • Please do not walk on the flowerbeds or exposed rails and do not pick flowers.
  • Dogs are not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs.
  • The High Line is accessible to PRMs; you can check the working order of the lifts on the official website.
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