The High Line, New York City
a wonderful lush and endless fun to watch, a long street with a lot of different things and a plate that is not perhaps the usual tourist information about New York. take you there one day.
Then there are quite a few nice markets and restaurants nearby too
122 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014
Neighborhoods: West Village, Meatpacking District
The High Line is an abandoned railway track that has been converted into a city park. The first section opened in 2009 and the second is due to be opened this year. It starts in the Meatpacking district and gets into Chelsea.
Highline Park - recognize the name yet? If you haven't been to NYC in the past 18 months, you might not have heard of it. However, you WILL not want to miss it. This newest of green spaces in the heart of Greenwich Village (eastern side of Manhattan) is built on an old elevated train track. It has been widened and spruced up and is an absolutely terrific place to take a breather from the traffic just below you. The park has a great walking trail, wide areas with plenty of benches, even elevators at strategic locations to get you up to the park (or down!). One of the most interesting things about the park are the moveable chaise lounges which actually use the old train track to move the lounges closer together or farther apart! Families will especially enjoy this opportunity to let the kids run (a bit) and enjoy some native plants and winding paths. Stairways go up to the park, and you can finish at Chelsea Market. This park is not quite completed - a few more miles of park will extend north to past Madison Square Garden. Don't miss this new park - put it on your short list of things to do!!
It's hard to pinpoint the artist's political views of money, gender, and police power. But that's exactly what makes for good conversation while waiting for the subway to arrive! Again, these can be seen at the 8 Ave/14 St on the A,C, and E lines, on the west side of Manhattan. The area is called the West Village, and this subway stop is only 2 blocks east from another FREE sight, The High Line.
Once a thriving elevated railroad, shuttling meat from the 42 St piers to the 14 St Meatpacking District, along the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side, the High Line had fallen fallow in the late 1970s. Recently, it has been re-opened as a pedestrian thoroughfare. Now tourists can loll around this 30 foot high platform, soaking up sunshine and unobstructed close up views of nearby buildings and thoroughfares, as well as sweeping views of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Thank God you can't SMell Jersey from the High Line! It begins at Washington and Gansevoort Streets, which is 2 blocks south of 14 St, and 1 block west of 9 Ave. It only runs to around 20 St, but, when completed, will go to 33 St. The platform is just that; thankfully there are no stores, concessions, tourist traps, etc. It's like walking down a bowling alley, but with 360 views. The High Line attracts not only tourists but locals. Don't be afraid to ask us friendly New Yorkers to take a picture of you with your family, with your camera. We won't charge you for it.
No admission or cover charge is needed to enjoy high class street art. The tourists, as well as the locals, whip out their cameras to capture these beauties for posterity. Photos (1) and (2) are found on West 13 St, just west of Greenwich Street, which happens to be almost directly under the newly opened High Line, about which I have just posted a tip with photos! Photo (3) is a statue, depicting gay couples, found on the east side of 7 Ave & Grove St/Sheridan Square. The north side of that square was where the Stonewall Riots took place in 1969, when gays, tired of being treated like 2d class citizens, took to the streets. Photo (4) is not street art, in the strict sense of the phrase, but a sign found in a diner on 1 Ave & 55 Street, on the Upper East Side!
I would check out the newly opened HighLine, the elevated park that's on Manhattan's West Side. It's a beautiful and relaxing area to stroll in, and you can check out the restaurants just below.
For an American eating experience, check out Hector's Cafe, a bonafide U.S. diner. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/hectors-cafe/
Or you can carry up a picnic lunch for a relaxing meal.
The fire escapes on the front of old New York buildings -- be sure to look up!
These old painted brick 3 story houses can be found in the same block with modern high-rises.