The High Line Walk: New to New York Activities

In 1934, trains traveled the High Line to move goods from 34th Street to Spring Street. Today, tourists and New Yorkers walk the High Line for an elevated view above Manhattan’s neighborhoods. Since the last train’s run in 1980, people from the surrounding High Line neighborhood have advocated for the structure’s preservation. An official group, Friends of the High Line, made the attraction what it is today- an above-ground park anyone at any age can enjoy for no charge. Explore the west side of Manhattan above ground and walk the High Line before the year ends.

Today, the High Line is easy to access and explore. There are many places to sit along the High Line or stand gazing over the city streets. The High Line lacks uniformity, giving visitors an entertaining walk as they guess what creative bench or artwork lies ahead. The surrounding greens and flowers were inspired by the natural wildlife that emerged when the High Line went 24 years without use. These durable plants can survive the Hudson’s winds, the tough New York winters, the summer’s harsh sun, and every random rainstorm in between. Although about half of the High Line plants are native species, the others were grown from a hundred mile radius and replanted. The inclusion of local growers contributes to the High Line’s sustainable mission.

The High Line can be accessed from multiple points by stairs or elevators. To visit the High Line and learn more about it’s history, consider joining a free tour. Weekly walking tours take place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. May 4 through September 29. The hour long tours are led by trained High Line Docents. Private tours (which require a fee and reservation) and Friends of the High Line member-only tours are also available.

  •  Gansevoort and Washington Street (elevator access)
  • 14th Street (elevator access)
  • 16th Street (elevator access)
  • 18th Street
  • 20th Street
  • 23rd Street (elevator access)
  • 26th Street
  • 28th Street
  • 30th Street (elevator access)
  • 30th Street and 11th Avenue
  • 34th Street and 12th Avenue (ramp access)

When planning your visit, please keep in mind the seasonal hours of operation:

  • December 1 to March 31- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • April 1 to May 31- 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • June 1 to September 30- 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • October 1 to November 30- 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Carl Richards

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The High Line is awesome! I wish you had more pics of it for those who haven't been. It's especially lovely in summer, and fall!