Quirky Attraction: The High Line in New York City

high line view nyc

The High Line
Location: New York City (10th Avenue between 8th & 30th Streets)
When to visit: Hours are 7 am to 11 pm
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 15-30 minutes
Website: www.thehighline.org

My new favorite place in New York City is the High Line, a neighborhood park that sits on an abandoned elevated rail track on the west side of Manhattan.

The tracks were last used in 1980, but it took until 2009 before it was finally turned into a green space for the public. Now, it’s a funky park perfect for people watching and getting a taste of nature in one of the biggest urban landscapes in the world.

One of my favorite parts is the collection of movable wooden benches which roll along the old train tracks.

high line wooden bench

Dogs are not allowed on the High Line. Bummer for dog owners, but I can understand why – the park is narrow and can get crowded enough already.

high line visitors

Part of the line runs directly over 10th Avenue, and they’ve conveniently built in a viewing deck and bleachers to allow visitors to sit and watch the action below.

high line view

It’s funny how the track abruptly ends by going right into a building.

high line rail track ends

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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