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Photo: Andreana Bitsis

New York City’s “High Line” Is a Thing of Wonder

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park built on an abandoned, elevated section of a former New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. As one of Manhattan’s most notable examples of mixed-use development, it’s also a GC favorite when it comes to spending time outdoors in New York City during the summer season. (The lines are worth it, we promise– though we do recommend getting there early on weekends.)

Photo: Andreana Bitsis

Originally conceived as a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and revered garden designer Piet Oudolf, the High Line features a surprisingly-diverse array of plant material and other garden features within the Concrete Jungle. Vintage wine coneflower, foxtail lily, allium, euphorbia, viburnum, and various shady trees are just a few of the blooming specimens to grace New York City’s first and only elevated park, which hosts notable programming for the Arts, New York City public schools, summer camps, and other public events through the spring and summer months. (We recommend checking our their summer concert series.) It’s also beautiful in the Fall and winter when weather permits, offering tourists and residents from all over the world a place to sit and relax in a beautiful, secluded outdoor area amid the modern architecture and classic sight lines of Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis

During the high season, there are food vendors located under a shaded tunnel just north of the 8th Avenue and 14th street entrance to the High Line, which itself attracts over six million visitors a year. The High Line is open year-round from 7 AM to roughly 10 PM, and it is free and open to the public. Check out GC’s take on this summer’s High Line gardens in the gallery below.

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To find out more about The High Line and its programming, visit the park’s website.

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