The High Line: New York’s Public Space

The High Line Park in New York offers some great outdoor opportunities for family fun and entertainment. The High Line is a 1.45 mile-long elevated walking path, rail trail, and greenway developed on a former New York Central Railroad line on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The design of the High Line is a collaborative effort between Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and Piet Oudolf of the Netherlands architecture practice Fondue Design in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The High Line has played host to numerous world-famous attractions including the Statue of Liberty, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the American Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Tortoises, and more. In fact, the High Line Park was one of the original destinations planned for the New York Central Railroad; and today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

One way to access the High Line from the Lower East Side of Manhattan is from the Gansevoort/Gramercy ferry. This ferry boat runs frequently between Manhattan Island and Staten Island. Otherwise, you can take the ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan Island or use the commuter rail from New York City to Staten Island. There are several access points along the High Line, which includes four primary access points to the park. These are Pier twenty-one, Dockyards twenty-two, Broadway Pier twenty-one, and John Lennon and Yotta Park across the Broadway Pier.

Access to the High Line from Times Square is also available. There is a limited number of car rentals available from the major car hire companies in the United States with pick up locations at Times Square and 53rd Street, directly across the street from the observation deck of the westernmost section of the park. If you are coming from other points in the United States and would like to use public transportation, the New York City subway system has several stations located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The subway has several train stations that intersect the High Line, including the Jay Street Line and the Queens Bronx Line.

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