Given the opportunity to work in "The Big Apple" with Martha Stewart Living Radio this summer, I was excited to visit some of the city’s most renowned parks and green spaces. One of its most unusual and beautiful parks is in Chelsea—and located 30 feet in the air.
A unique local delight, the High Line has quickly become an innovative contemporary New York City outdoor destination. Opening in 2009, the High Line, which runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenue, exists as a public park built on a historic raised freight train line on the west side on Manhattan.
The original High Line train route was built in the 1930s to help decrease the traffic and danger associated with working street-level freight trains. In recent years, ‘Friends of the High Line’ raised funds to build the park, filling it with green spaces, flower patches, and public art. There is plenty to see on a walk along the High Line, including an amazing view of the Manhattan’s skyscrapers.
In addition to enjoying the gardens and views the High Line has to offer, this year food and dessert trucks were added to the park. It is also a favorite meeting spot of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, which gathers at the Line for stargazing each Tuesday night, using high-powered telescopes.
To find elevator and stair High Line access points, check out their map.