New York City Tours & Sightseeing | M2M Tours – The High Line
One of the Greatest Public Projects in New York City – An Amazing Feat of Urban Planning & Landscape Design
An elevated freight railway running 1.8 miles along Manhattan’s far west side, it was built in the 1930’s as part of a public works project to remove trains from the street level. In 1999, after decades of abandonment and disuse, New York City’s Mayor signed an order to demolish The High Line. Visionary neighborhood residents formed Friends of the High Line (FHL) to convert the abandoned rail yard into a public open space that would preserve the historic structure while creating a new public amenity for the neighborhood.
The High Line runs from the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center – through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District – to Gansevoort Street, 3 blocks below 14th Street.
On your tour, you will make your way through the neighborhood’s industrial past – through factories and warehouses where trains once rolled right inside the buildings to unload goods – and through a neighborhood revitalized by the park.
The recycling of the railway into an urban park has brought on the revitalization of the Chelsea neighborhood, which had been “gritty” and in generally poor condition. Rows of slaughterhouses transformed into expensive lofts, the neighborhood now celebrates architectural styles ranging from ultra-modern, such as The Standard Hotel or Frank Gehry’s glass curtain design of the IAC building, to the Art Deco style of the Empire State Building. All the while, you’ll be taking in magnificent views of the New York City skyline as well as the Hudson River.
It is inherently a green structure. It re-purposes a piece of industrial infrastructure as a public green space and the landscape functions essentially like a green roof; porous pathways contain open joints, so water can drain between planks and water adjacent planting beds, cutting down on the amount of storm-water that runs off the site.
Stop at the Chelsea Market for some of the most sought-after treats in New York City, including Jacques Torres Chocolate, as well as a handful of acclaimed restaurants, like sushi hotspot Morimoto, and the studios and offices of the Food Network.
From The Whitney, stroll down Hudson Street to Bleecker Street to experience a taste of what it’s like to live in Greenwich Village. Enjoy the charm of longstanding businesses who have been supported by residents for decades, instead of impersonal chain stores, some high-end clothiers, such as Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, and Magnolia Bakery, whose cupcakes were made famous in the Sex and the City TV show.