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The High Line, New York City: 15 reviews and 52 photos

  The High Line: NYCs Irreverent and Unique Park
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      The High Line: NYCs Irreverent and Unique Park
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  • Frank Gehry's yacht-like bldg. at The High Line - New York City
      Frank Gehry's yacht-like bldg. at The High Line
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      The mighty River Hudson constant by The High Line
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  • Manhattan Residential Syline from the High Line - New York City
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  • The High Line with The Standard Hotel on West 14th - New York City
      The High Line with The Standard Hotel on West 14th
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If you love urban parks as much as I do, the High Line Park which is New York City's latest addition to the city's parks and recreation system is to me destined to become 'a-must-see' attraction when visiting this great city.

The High Line is a most unusual and exciting park one can see and experience nowhere else but in NYC. Of course now that it's been materialized and open to the public, there might possibly be others as 'copy cats' sprouting somewhere else in the world. In that case, it would appear similar but could never be the same, much less equal to the High Line in beauty, cleaverness, inventiveness and uniqueness in so far as city parks are concerned. Precisely for this reason that perhaps I ought not have made a travel tip and once again kept it mostly underwraps for just a few about this most evocative elongated and slim-line traversing city park which snakes around above ground from Gansevoort Street in the Meat-packing district of the West Village upwards to West 34th Street. But because it is so unusual that it deserves special mention, it conforms nicely to the idea and promise as the raison d'etre behind the construction of my own NYC page - uncommon enclaves in NYC.

The High Line, as its name suggests, was a railroad tract built in the 1930's above ground to lift dangerous freight trains off the streets. It was a functioning railroad tract up until early 1980's. It was designated like so many old city structures to be demolished until some West Village neighborhood residents saw and envisioned its great potential and promise. The city acquired the rights of the High Line from developers and the renovation to turn it into a unique great elevated park started in 2008 and quickly opened sectionally the following year.

The parks mile-and-a-half length situated close to the Hudson River between 10th and 11th Avenues is a sonorous meandering concrete pathways with integrated landscape with naturalistic plantings which resemble that of an overgrown wild walking path; whilst on its shoulder sides, the walker/visitor ambles along above ground as tho traversing an expanse of an upper wall akin to a medieval city and presented with nothing but city escapes old and new and a feast of endless architecture and shapes. Meanwhile, the city's pulsating daily life enbroils underneath and continuously create the quilted patchwork ever so redolent of New York City.

Park hours: 7AM thru 11PM

Address: The High Line, New York, NY 10011
Directions: The best approach to the High Line is from the 30's and/or also taking it up from West 23rd which to me is also a perfect start all the way down to Gansevoort Street in the Meat-packing district where it finally ends (or start depending on one's plan).
Phone: 212-500-6035
Website: http://www.thehighline.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2011
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