I have visited the High Line twice so far, once alone in the freezing weather and once with my husband on a beautiful day. Both times, the HIgh Line was buzzing with people walking, sitting, eating lunch, and just enjoying this wonderful attraction.
The HIgh Line is primarily a walking path with plantings and benches and sunchairs on the sides. It currently runs from around Gansevoort to 30th Street, with plans in place to extend to (I think) 34th Street. I think that this was the most inventive and excellent use of old, unused railroad tracks. The High LIne provides views of the Hudson River as well as many NYC streets, and also offers a great way to get from one end to the other without traffic ! I understand that the warmer months will bring food and beverage vendors: I certainly could have used a nice cup of coffee while walking there in winter!
I have only a few comments/suggestions for the Park Dept/ Friends of the HIgh Line:
1) please add signs on the High Line to identify the street that each stairway is on . I had to look for landmarks to remember which stairway would lead me to 14th Street. It would be helpful to visitors. 2) it is wonderful that there are restrooms available, but I hope that more will be added. The ladies room, even in February, had a LONG line and only two toilets. 3) I noticed that many people were tripping over the ends of the benches and the raised areas that marked the "garden" areas because they are made of the same concrete as the walkway and blend in very easily. So.... Walkers, please be alert. If you are looking around and/or wearing sunglasses, it is very easy to trip over the concrete areas that are raised.
For information about the High Line, visit its website. It's very informative.
I highly recommend walking the High Line. What a great addition to an already amazing city!
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