For many, the High Line is one large photo op, and we don’t blame them for capitalizing on this city treasure. The elevated park is one of the best places to catch a sunset over the Hudson River. However, there are many nuances of this highly-trafficked strip on New York City’s western edge that offer more than just a pretty view. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues, the High Line is the glorified revitalization of the old elevated West Side train line that opened in 1934.


Before that, 10th Avenue had a less than pleasant history. Prior to its elevation, this rail line was immensely dangerous and earned the thoroughfare the moniker “Death Avenue,” despite the West Side Cowboys’ best attempts to wave red flags and warn street-dwellers of the train’s arrival.

The last train to make its trip up the West Side rail was in 1980, though the park still incorporates many aspects of its former purpose today. At a two-block long stretch dubbed the “Chelsea Thicket,” lush greenery grows around a path where the train’s original tracks are embedded into the walkway. And, just west of 11th Avenue, the park’s concrete deck peels away to reveal the train line’s original framework of steel beams and girders


With seasonal opportunities to sample tasty food carts, dip your toes in wading areas and sunbathe on a block-long lawn, the High Line is the perfect spring or summer activity. Come winter, the view still prevails, and you’ll find spaces for public programming and video screenings year-round. Plus, just below the park are the Whitney Museum and the Chelsea Market, perfect ways to sandwich your High Line experience.

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