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.
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.
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.
Here’s a selection of photos taken during my last visit, on a wet and cold afternoon in December 2013.
Reconstructed tracks line part of the route.
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.
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. [—]
The top of the Empire State building is lost under the rain clouds.
Walking along the newer northern stretch of the High Line.
Grassed over section.
Old bonded warehouse.
Artwork on the route.
Looking over across the Hudson River to Hoboken.
Here’s as far as the walk currently goes, with the rail yards in the distance.
Taking in the view.
I headed back downtown the way we came.
By 20th Street.