Walking the High Line, 2.4 kilometres of park along an abandoned railway track turned park on the west side of Manhattan, is a must do on any visit to the New York. The High Line opened in 2009 and since then has become a tourist destination which attracts almost five million visitors each year. The elevated park starts at the Hudson Yards and runs through to the northern edge of Chelsea and has an abu dance of wildflowers, greenery and killer NYC skyline views. Walking the High Line also gives you a glimpse in to New York life – apartments, disused warehouses, high end retail stores and a rear window style views in to the day to day life of Manhattanites are all on display.
There are a number of places along the walking track where you can head into the neighboring suburbs, out favourite is to take the stairs at W16th Street and head to the Chelsea Markets for some fresh bisque or a plate of lobster and a wander through the market and shops.
With the arrival of Spring in NYC now is the perfect time to visit the High Line to see new life blooming along the track. There are also a number of events held in the park each year and if you are visiting in early October, a mile-long Opera will be on display with 1000 singers performing. There are some interesting books on the High Line including one which tells the story behind the park’s development. For more information about the High Line Park and events visit here.