Urban renewal sometimes does some great things. In a city where we abhor gentrification, the High Line is a welcome addition to the landscape and shows that a decaying piece of history can be reborn into something new for all to enjoy.
Coming here recently I had my reservations as to what was to be expected of this project as I had read some of the snarky reviews on Yelp and other websites, but kept an open mind as I ascended the stairs to this overhead park in the sky. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed my visit here. With the addition of the 2nd stage this place is huge and you can walk for many blocks taking in the sights and foliage. Now, they are planning to expand it further to a 3rd stage which will complete the project and offer more space to meander about.
From my observations –
Plenty of foliage to see. Is it a major botanical garden? No. But they have done a great job with the space they had to work with. Well maintained and thought out.
Nice walkways set up. Yes, it’s a bit narrow at times, but again it is based on limited space to work with.
Lots of benches, and nooks and crannies to veer off the path and sit or take pictures. Great seating area by the public lawn, the bench – like seating through the looking glass area by 10th Ave, and the wooden lounge chairs by the sundeck and water feature are just a few of the spots to kick back and enjoy the sun, breeze, and sights.
Great views from all around. City streets, cool building architecture, Hudson River, hustle and bustle down below. Art installations also are featured. Each year they seem to have new seasonal eateries set up close by to fulfill those hunger pangs and quench your thirst after a day of walking around. This year it is “Terrior At The Porch” which is a wine bar and open air cafe’. Please visit this page to see a complete listing of food and drink options along The High Line – http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-food
Yes, it gets crowded on weekends. Better to visit this park when it first opens during early morning, or on a weekday when most people are at work. If you don’t mind a leisurely slow placed walk as I did it will not bother you. If you are the type that hates crowds, and needs to move quickly, then you will not enjoy it. Nice weather weekends are a mob scene here.
There are spots to grab a snack along the paths. Picked up a terrific People’s Pop by the Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line near West 16th Street. They also have shaved ice. There is also a Gelato stand there. Water fountains and restrooms have also been placed along the park.
Overall, I enjoyed it. The weather was perfect when I was here. It seemed like the whole city was here. Sun on my face. Nice breeze out. Good way to enjoy a lazy Sunday. Is the High Line for everyone? No. There are those who will be bored and hate it. There are some that just can’t see the beauty of it. But for those who are looking for a little something different to do it is a welcome reprieve to the concrete jungle that we live in on a daily basis.