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High Line New York City

A friend of mine introduced me to the High Line last fall.  I absolutely love it!  I decided to do a little research about it and now that I know how it started, I love it even more.  In 1847, the city of New York allowed trains to run through the West Side Highway.  As you can imagine, the road became extremely dangerous with traffic accidents and got nicknamed Death Avenue.  A group called the Westside Cowboys was established to help prevent accidents.  These cowboys would ride on their horses in front of the trains waving a red flag.  Could you imagine that?

In 1929, the city decides to elevate the train tracks and construction on the High Line begins.  The project includes 13 miles of track and takes 5 years to complete.  From 1934 through the 1950’s the train delivers cargo throughout the city, most of the time driving right into buildings and unloading their goods.  Unfortunately for the High Line, the trucking industry booms and the railing industry loses its demand.  By 1980, there are all no more trains travelling on the High Line and pieces of it get demolished.

Local residents take up the fight to demolish the whole line and just as many take up the fight to re-establish the railway.  In 2002, the city decides to preserve and reuse the High Line making it into the park it is today.  After much effort and volunteer hours, the High Line is now completely open to the public.

What a great adventure for anyone on a beautiful spring day!  The High Line starts on 30th  Street between 10th and 11th Avenue and extends about 1 mile to Gansevoort Street. There are staircase exit/entrances on 30th, 28th, 26th, 23rd (elevator access), 20th, 18th and Gansevoort Street. So you can start and end where you choose.

My 8 year old son and I walked the whole thing. I didn’t think we could do it but with no traffic lights and street corners it makes for a fairly quick walk.  It was interesting how the railroad tracks were visible at some points and not at others.  The path also varied between walking on the tracks and walking beside the tracks.  There is plenty of plant life, photo opportunities and even building art to explore. I think our favorite spot was the viewing spur over 10th Avenue.  It looks like a large glass box that you can walk down into and actually sit over 10th Avenue and watch the cars go by below.  This would be a great spot for lunch!

We were here a little before the season opened this year so we missed all the food vendors and therefore, I cannot tell you which were my favorite but I will definitely be going to back here when things are in full swing.

Please CLICK HERE for High Line Food information.

Please CLICK HERE for High Line Events information.


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