Not to be confused with the High Wire (which you’d find at the circus) the High Line, was once the main method of transporting goods across New York City. Now, 34 years since the last train passed along the tracks, it has become New York’s Garden in the Sky.
Why not let Ethan Hawke give you the full story…
Walking the High Line is how I spent my first Monday morning in New York and it was a great way to start the week. We climbed the stairs right at the beginning of the track; Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District and walked 2.33km along the west side.
Not only is the High Line a great way of conserving some of the City’s history, but it is always a fantastic way to see some of Manhattan. You are literally walking under, through and round buildings that you just wouldn’t get a chance to do any other way.
It was much busier than I thought it would be for a Monday morning and the path is a little narrow in places, so be prepared for a little moving out of the way. There are different food and drink stands dotted along, I tried a delicious juice from Brooklyn Soda Works. There are also stalls selling art and other souvenir shops, which were nice to mooch around.
It is the little details that make the High Line so special though, the railway sleepers that are now benches, the sun loungers that you can roll along the tracks and the art dotted around.
I’d suggest actually doing the walk in reverse, start at the West 34th Street end and walk down to Gansevoort Street. The Meatpacking District is much more central and you can carry on your sightseeing from there.
What do you think? Is this something you would check out in New York?