Explore NYC with Me: The High Line

New York is such an awesome city, and I feel super lucky to live here (childhood dream come true). I wish everyone could visit in person, but I understand that not always possible. So I’ve decided to start a new series, Explore NYC with Me.

This won’t be a regular monthly or weekly series. Instead, it will pop up occasionally when I get a chance to visit and photograph some of my favorite New York places.

For my first Explore NYC with Me post, I’m taking you on a tour of the High Line.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little Home

The High Line is a public park built on an elevated railroad track. It was originally a freight line that carried meat to the Meatpacking District, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of Manhattan’s industrial West Side, and mail to the Post Office. Rail operation stopped in 1980, and the tracks sat unused until the first section of the park opened in 2009. Read more about the High Line’s history.

What I love most about the High Line is its unique setting. It’s a beautiful park in an Urban environment. There are plenty of spots to relax and take in the outdoors, but the city is ever present, and you’re surrounded by art, too.

Are you ready to take a tour? The park runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street, which is where I started my walk.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Construction Workers | Hello Little HomeI took this first photo, just as I was getting ready to start my walk, with my back facing the northern end of the High Line. As you can see, it was pretty overcast.

There’s a lot of construction surrounding the High Line right now, and I caught this group of workers on their lunch break. I thought I was being sneaky when I took their picture, but apparently not. Can you spot the guy waving at me? Ha!

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeThe High Line is super busy, especially in summer, so be prepared for crowds. I made the walk around noon midweek. My favorite time to visit is morning or evening during the week in fall or spring when it’s a little quieter.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Flowers | Hello Little HomeSome of the gorgeous flowers along the park.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Art and Water Tower | Hello Little HomeWatch a video of Jordan Betten creating Lady Luck (above).

You’ll see a lot of art, both on and off the High Line. Check out those water towers, too. They’re everywhere in New York, and I love spotting them.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeEven though you’ll be surrounded by people, there are still plenty of spots to sit and relax.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Jessica Jackson Hutchins (Archeo: Him and Me) | Hello Little HomeOne of the many artworks along the path: Archeo: Him and Me by Jessica Jackson Hutchins.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeA quiet spot to sit.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Eduardo Kobra Mural | Hello Little HomeEduardo Kobra’s mural of the Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photo is located just off the High Line (25th Street and 10th Avenue) and impossible to miss.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Young Veezy | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Marianne Vitale (Archeo: Creative Crossings) | Hello Little HomeArcheo: Creative Crossings, a sculpture by Marianne Vitale … I love how this piece complements the surrounding architecture.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeA little green space … those hills in the background are New Jersey.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeThis spot, one of the areas where you can see the original tracks, is surrounded by interesting architecture.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Urban Rattle by Charlie Hewitt | Hello Little HomeUrban Rattle by Charlie Hewitt

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Ed Ruscha (Honey I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today) | Hello Little HomeEd Ruscha’s Honey I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Water Towers | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Buildings and Pink Flowers | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Tiny White Flowers | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - View of the Empire State Building | Hello Little HomeOne of many views you might spy of the Empire State Building.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Flowers | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Bench | Hello Little HomeA pretty place to sit.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Sit and Watch the Traffic | Hello Little HomeOr you can sit and watch traffic go by on 10th Avenue.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Statue of Liberty View | Hello Little HomeYou’ll find great views of the local neighborhood, New Jersey, and even the Statue of Liberty on the High Line. Trust me, the Statue is much easier to spot in person than it is in my photo!

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Me | Hello Little HomeHey, it’s me! I was taking a photo of these hydrangeas when a woman asked me if I wanted her to take my photo … ha! #AlwaysATourist

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Tracks | Hello Little HomeWalk the tracks.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Table + Spencer Finch Installation (The River That Flows Both Ways) | Hello Little HomeGrab a seat and check out Spencer Finch’s installation The River That Flows Both Ways. Each pane of glass represents a hue from photographs of water taken during a 700-minute journey on the Hudson River.

This is also a great spot to enjoy a drink or snack from local vendors (everything from barbeque to popsicles to tacos). If you see me here, I’ll be holding a New Orleans Iced Coffee from Blue Bottle (the best iced coffee ever). There’s even an open-air cafe, Terroir at the Porch, where you can enjoy wine, beer, and small plates.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little Home Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Water Feature | Hello Little HomeSplash around in the water feature.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Lounge Chairs | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Pink Flowers | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: The High Line - Saxophone Player | Hello Little HomeThis saxophone player obviously knew that I was photographing him and seemed to be posing for me. I need to work on my paparazzi skills!

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Standard High Line | Hello Little HomePassing under the Standard High Line. Stop in for a fancy drink and amazing city views.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line | Hello Little HomeAnother water tower … told you they were everywhere.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Isabelle Cornaro (Archeo: God Box) | Hello Little HomeIsabelle Cornaro’s Archeo: God Box columns feel like a gate along the path.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - Meatpacking District View | Hello Little HomeWe’re almost done, so when you are finished, do a little shopping and walking around in the Meatpacking District.

Explore NYC with Me: The High Line - End (Meatpacking District) | Hello Little HomeThat’s it! This last photo was taken in the Gansevoort Woodland, a (usually) quiet area that’s a great place to end the walk, or you can start here and go in the opposite direction that I did.

If you made it through all these photos, then you seriously deserve a gold star. If hope you enjoyed exploring a little bit of New York with me!

Have you ever walked the High Line? What NYC spots would you like to explore next?

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20 Comments

  1. What an awesome idea for a series! This is something I never would’ve seen as a tourist so I really appreciate it. I’ve only been to NYC once but can’t wait to go back!

  2. Years ago when I visited NYC they were just getting started on this project and had a huge display at Grand Central Station about it. I didn’t make it on my last trip but am looking forward to nice walk when I come out again. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

    My favorite part about this series is more chances to see your beautiful photography!

  3. You did a great job on this tour. I have heard of this new park, but could not have imagined how beautiful it is. Good selection of points of interest, not too wordy, and excellent photos. Putting this tour on my to-do list. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. What a great walk around the city! I feel like I was right there with you, and it was such fun! So nice and really enjoyable! I would love if you would stop by and share this at my new link party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating what we do every day! http://bit.ly/1ucHUvh
    Hope to see you there!

  5. I was just there for the first time a couple weeks ago and I really loved it. Your pictures are great (I was there when it was too crowded to get good shots, I think). It seems like such a fantastic reuse of space and from the looks of it, it has stimulated a lot of growth around it.

    I also loved that they served my hometown coffee, Blue Bottle!

  6. Hi Ginnie, I love the High Line and we have been there numerous times and always have fun. You took great photos of your time there and love them! I am always in that area and me and my family love it in Chelsea with the great shopping and restaurants. Take care and have a great weekend neighbor.
    Julie
    Julie’s Lifestyle

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this post at Celebrate It blog party! I really enjoyed seeing a part of NYC that I have never seen on television. We are live for this week, and I would love if you would stop by and link up again! http://bit.ly/1AiFR9u