The High Line brings the greenery and serenity of a park into the unlikeliest of places – an elevated railway line. This railway line, built in 1934, was constructed to increase the flow of industry into and out of the city. It successfully connected factories and warehouses and sped up the transportation of goods for decades. In the 1980’s however, after the growth of interstate trucking, the West Side Line fell into disuse. Decades later, after years of preservation efforts, the railroad was reopened to the public as High Line Park.
This 1.45-mile-long trail is an oasis amidst Manhattan’s bustling West Side. Between the crowded streets and overshadowing skyscrapers, it is often difficult to stop and appreciate the city’s beauty. On the High Line, however, visitors are elevated 30 feet above the hastiness below and onto a beautiful promenade. It is here where you can stop—breathe in, observe, and appreciate the magnificence that is New York City. Unlike other parks in the city, like Central Park, High Line Park doesn’t totally enclose you in nature. You’re still right in the middle of the metropolis, except now high above the street. Expect stunning Hudson River and urban views all along the way.