Taking the High Line

One of the places I wanted to visit during my stay in New York City was the High Line, a 1-mile long, elevated park on a former railway line. The High Line starts at 14th Street in Manhattan’s west side, and extends to 30th Street.

High Line

The original rail line was at street level in the 1800s, but there were so many collisions that 10th Avenue was nicknamed Death Avenue. Eventually, for the safety of New Yorkers, the rail line was elevated. But as a line that brought livestock into the city to be slaughtered, it really still was Death Avenue. I’m glad it’s a park now.

The original rail lines are still in place and beautiful plants grow around them in a way that makes it seem overgrown. In reality, it’s a carefully planned and elegantly cultivated garden.

Highline Collage

My parents and I started at the south end and walked the length of the High Line, enjoying sculptures, gorgeous views, live music, and lush greenery. It’s such an oasis in the city and a tremendous boost to the community. It’s even safe at night! There were so many people wandering through the park on our first visit there, that I felt totally safe.

During the day, you can see across the Hudson to New Jersey.

New Jersey

You can practically see in people’s apartments too! I like the mix of old and new along the High Line. You can see a famous Frank Gehry building, and the infamous Standard Hotel (there weren’t any exhibitionists on this day, however).

Diane von Furstenburg was a major financial backer for the project and it’s fitting that her flagship store is right next to the park.


DVF and Empire State Building

No matter where you look, you’ll see terrific views, like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building!

Chrysler Building

When we were done, we descended the staircase and continued exploring New York City. My mom wrote about our visit too. Have you been to the High Line?

Jean and mom


Filed under Architecture, Photography, Travel

5 responses to “Taking the High Line

  1. Great write-up and photos!! So glad you took us on this tour, a memory to treasure for a life-time! Being there was breath-taking and these photos have captured the experience so magnificently! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

    We didn’t intentionally coordinate, but looking at the picture of us in shades of gray and black (you with a pop of yellow and me with red accents) it looks like we planned it. 🙂

    You have great style!! ❤

  2. SadieSewBaggins

    Looks amazing! I forwarded to my parents as they have trip to NYC next week, and they said it’s high on their “to do” list. My dad said it’s the same designer as the Seattle waterfront re-do. Very hopeful! And super cute pic of you and your mama.

  3. We were there in 2010 and loved walking on that path. It was so relaxing to walk among the flowers and butterflies in the middle of the city!

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