New York’s star attraction, the High Line, has been transformed from abandoned train tracks into a unique public walking path, drawing in flocks of tourists and locals alike.
Beginning (or ending, depending on your direction) a few blocks below 14th street, and ending at 34th, running along 10th avenue, it offers some much needed greenery, beautiful city views and fresh air. With nine sets of stairs leading up from street level, it’s scattered with rotating public art installations and activities. Swanky boutiques, upscale restaurants, galleries, and hotels.
You can explore the High Line from numerous points in the city, and Sidekix can help you do just that! If you’re starting your stroll from North to South, the Pershing Square Beams (West 30th Street) offer an intriguing view of the exposed original steel beams and framework of the railway. The now silicone-coated beams make for an excellent play space for little ones ready to climb and explore the area.
At 10th Ave. near 17th St. (10th Avenue Square and Overlook) take a breather at one of the High Line’s many seating options. Here, there are sunken wooden bleachers that look out onto the traffic below. Turn to the opposite direction for views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty off in the distance.
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It’s worth getting off the High Line so that you don’t miss the red-brick McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street), a fictitious hotel that houses a theater.
The hotel is the setting for a silent, interactive spectacle called Sleep No More, a Macbeth reinvention. Audience members don masks as they silently, travel through the hotel’s floors and investigate rooms, meeting the play’s mysterious characters. The hotel, however, is just a cover. It’s rooftop restaurant, Gallow Green (542 West 27th Street), is a very real vintage bar set in a garden, sprinkled with fairy lights.
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Back on the High Line, soak up the rays or have a picnic at 23rd St. the park’s only green lawn.
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The West 20th St. entrance and section of the High Line in Chelsea’s gallery district is all about art. Many galleries are visible from the 26th St. Viewing Spur, the living billboard that acts as a nod to the advertisements that once decorated the area. The architectural landscape creates a kind of urban forest on either side of the walkway.
In this stretch, you can admire innovative designs like Frank Gehry’s IAC Building (on W. 18th St.) or the gothic architecture of The High Line Hotel (180 Tenth Ave. at 20th Street). Although there are numerous art spaces and shops to choose from, one worth visiting here is Milk Gallery (450 West 15th Street). This is a Chelsea studio and event space, which is also the former location of the MTV Video Music Awards after-party. It hosts a photography studio and ground-floor gallery displaying the works of photographers who document celebrity, music, fashion and pop culture. Exhibitions range from Madonna photographs from the 80s to fashion from Parsons Art School.
Catch a glimpse of what the high line must have looked like before the meticulous landscaping when it was abandoned and overgrown. The Northern Spur Preserve on W. 16th St. is planted with shrubbery reminiscent of its pre-park days.
The Chelsea Market Passage near the West 16th entrance will reel you in with the aroma of fresh food, whether you’re hungry or not. Choose from one or more of the food truck vendors or shops on street level like the Taco Truck, Melt Bakery, famous for their ice cream sandwiches, or Blue Bottle for serious coffee lovers.
If you hop off the High Line at the West 14th and 10th entrance, you’ll find some designer stores of some of the biggest names in fashion, such as Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Nearby are some drool worthy stops at the famous Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue, between 15th and 16th Streets). This a whole block-sized food haven boasts over 35 vendors, including delicious bakeries, restaurants, coffee and wine bars.
After dinner head to the Boom Boom Room (848 Washington Street), for upscale evening on the town. But be sure to arrive early. This exclusive club, located at the top of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, attracts a sophisticated crowd. It serves up handmade cocktails and 360 views.
For a more casual stop or end to the day, park yourselves at The Standard Biergarten (848 Washington Street), located on the street level, directly under the High Line. The ambiance is playful and upbeat with its ping pong tables, wide selection of unique beers in addition to the full bar, and communal seating for 200, which makes for some easy mingling and fun. After just a quick glance up at the ceiling, you’ll immediately be reminded of where you are with the steel beams of the High Line jutting into the space, marking their territory.
Looking for a more culture and a less alcohol? Walk to the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street) just next door to the southernmost entrance of the High Line. This world-leading museum of 20th century and contemporary art recently moved from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to its current West Village location.