Just when you think you’ve combed every inch of New York City something unexplored and wonderful crops up. Such is the case with the under-publicized High Line, a fascinating stretch of reclaimed industrial space. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. Founded in 1999 by community residents, it is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line.
Much of the first section of the High Line lies in the Meatpacking District, home to more than 250 slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants in the early 20th century. Trains, as well as barges and ships from the Hudson River, brought goods to the district for processing. When the High Line was built in the 1930s, it carried freight trains full of goods directly to the upper floors of these meatpacking plants and factories.
As its industrial efficacy declined mid-20th century, the Meatpacking District changed with the times. Its historic cobblestone streets and low-lying industrial buildings now house museums, restaurants, nightclubs, photography and design studios, salons, and fashion boutiques. The corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street will be the site of new Whitney Museum of American Art facility, projected to open in 2012.
To the north of the Meatpacking District sits the neighborhood of West Chelsea, where the majority of the High Line is located. West Chelsea shares the industrial past of the Meatpacking District, with large factories and warehouses lining its streets and avenues. In addition to the de rigueur boutiques and restaurants, West Chelsea now boasts the world’s largest concentration of art galleries.
The High Line’s northernmost section, perhaps the least developed, runs through the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Large-scale development and infrastructure improvements are underway, as well as plans to complete the final section of the High Line, and permanently secure it as public open space. The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY:
Hotel Gansevoort: Just near the High Line, this 4 star hotel is for people who want to see and be seen. Book this Meatpacking District hotel with us and receive a complimentary upgrade, special amenities for suite reservations, and a complimentary bottle of red wine for reservations made in the month of March (regardless of dates of stay).
The Standard New York: Hovering above the High Line on concrete pillars, this one-of-a-kind Meatpacking District hotel offers light-flooded, ultra-mod rooms with panoramic views of the city; one restaurant, several popular bars; and excellent service. The hotel is a stylish base for exploring the Chelsea art scene and the excellent shopping and nightlife of the surrounding neighborhood. Book with us for a complimentary upgrade.
The Eventi: Occupying an entire city block on Sixth Avenue from 29th to 30th, Eventi New York is both easy to find and hard to miss. Eventi NY has a great location near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Times Square and Bryant Park. Situated in the Chelsea neighborhood, near the High Line, has recently been revitalized with the development of new luxury hotels, shops and dining destinations.