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Walking the New York High Line in Spring: Photos

Updated on June 8, 2011
The High Line Park in New York City
The High Line Park in New York City | Source
Phase 2 of the High Line is ready to welcome visitors in June 2011
Phase 2 of the High Line is ready to welcome visitors in June 2011 | Source
The High Line Park's 14th Street stair
The High Line Park's 14th Street stair | Source
May flowers on the High Line
May flowers on the High Line | Source

New York's High Line: An Elevated Oasis

The High Line is a New York City park and strolling area whose first phase opened in 2009. It occupies an old, abandoned elevated rail track on which industrial trains hauled cargo to the city's Meatpacking District from the 1930s until 1980, when it went out of use. The High Line stood there, abandoned and decrepit, for decades until some civic minded folks saw the elevated railbed's potential as an urban park and saved it from being demolished.

Phase One of the High Line stretches from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. It winds past old warehouses and meatpacking plants, the sexy Standard Hotel and office buildings. A very trendy fashion shopping area and restaurant and bar scene has popped up around the base of the Highline.

Phase 2 of the High Line goes from West 20th Street to West 30th Street and opened in the spring of 2011.

There's lots to see on the High Line There are revolving exhibitions of public art and art installations. New Yorkers come here to read or stroll or sun or take their lunches. There are countless plants and trees which grew in quickly. And the views of New York and across the Hudson to New Jersey are unlike any you will see elsewhere in the city!

When it is finished, the High Line will stretch for 1.45 miles, from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street. The High Line is owned by New York City. James Corner Field Operations designed the landscaping, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro was the architect of the High Line.

The High Line Park is open from 7:00 A.M. until 10 P.M. in spring, summer and fall; it is open from 7 until 8 P.M. in winter. Dogs are not allowed on the High Line.

New York's High Line Park is in full bloom in late May
New York's High Line Park is in full bloom in late May | Source
The High Line is a green oasis above New York City's west side
The High Line is a green oasis above New York City's west side | Source
A stairway to the street, and a building through which the High Line passes. Inside, there's a public art installation
A stairway to the street, and a building through which the High Line passes. Inside, there's a public art installation | Source
A view of New Jersey from the High Line
A view of New Jersey from the High Line | Source
The swank Standard Hotel, all midcentury style, was built to overlook the High Line Park
The swank Standard Hotel, all midcentury style, was built to overlook the High Line Park | Source
A man suns himself on the High Line in May
A man suns himself on the High Line in May | Source
On the High Line, looking East
On the High Line, looking East | Source
purple flowers on the High Line
purple flowers on the High Line | Source
Reading on the High Line
Reading on the High Line | Source
An apartment building by the High Line
An apartment building by the High Line | Source
On the High Line
On the High Line | Source
A restaurant in the Standard Hotel under the High Line makes for a great breakfast spot
A restaurant in the Standard Hotel under the High Line makes for a great breakfast spot | Source
The High Line
The High Line | Source

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    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks very much, jt. Hopefully more cities will gain useful parks like the High Line.

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      jt walters 

      8 years ago

      It is a great article but I love the pictures as well. It is more than alesson for urban areas it is a lesson for urban planners as it is better to utilize old spaces to create new ones.

      Great Photos as well.

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      It is. There are great lessons for other urban areas in this!

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      Maggie Griess 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is awesome...a great way to revitalize run down areas!

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Ren and JT. The High Line is now on my "must" list for every future trip to NYC. To think that New York almost tore down the railway! There are great adaptive reuses to turn "urban blight" into something hip and beautiful and useful.

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      JT Walters 

      8 years ago from Florida

      It is an awesome artilce. Makes me miss NYC.

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      Ren Chin 

      8 years ago

      wow - what a great use of space. good job, NYC

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks ecomama! It is so gorgeous. Spring is a perfect season!

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks ecomama! It is so gorgeous. Spring is a perfect season!

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      8 years ago from NC

      Awesome hub! Great pictures. I am sharing!

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