A rainswept stroll along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District right up to 30th Street, the High Line park follows the route of a disused elevated freight railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

The southernmost section opened as a city park on June 8, 2009, running from Gansevoort Street in the south to 20th Street, with a second section up to 30th Street following in June 2011.

There are plans to extend the walk north to a third and final section, which will run from from 30th to 34th Streets around the Rail Yards – read more here.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

I first visited the High Line back on a gloriously sunny day in December 2010 and posted up an extensive two-part photo report, with loads of background information.

Read it here:  High Line, Lower Manhattan, A new public park set on a disused railroad route in New York.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Here’s a selection of photos taken during my last visit, on a wet and cold afternoon in December 2013.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Reconstructed tracks line part of the route.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

The High Line runs under the Standard Hotel, an 18-story luxury boutique hotel located at 848 Washington Street between West 13th and Little West 12th Streets. The  Le Corbusier-styled building was completed in 2009 and contains 337 rooms.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Looking across the rain soaked streets of the Meatpacking district, once the home of the city’s sex clubs and BDSM subculture, but now thoroughly neutered by the gentrification of the 1990s. []

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

The top of the Empire State building is lost under the rain clouds.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Walking along the newer northern stretch of the High Line.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Grassed over section.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Old bonded warehouse.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Artwork on the route.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Sculpture.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Looking over across the Hudson River to Hoboken.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Here’s as far as the walk currently goes, with the rail yards in the distance.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

Taking in the view.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

I headed back downtown the way we came.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

By 20th Street.

A walk along the High Line public park, Manhattan, New York, USA

More photos and info: 
A walk along the High Line, part one
A walk aong the High Line, part two

[High Line Wikipedia]
[Official site]