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The New York City High Line is a 1.5 mile Rail-Trail on the west side of Manhattan. In 1999, neighborhood residents saved this elevated historic railroad from demolition and converted it into a public park with landscaping and art exhibits along a concrete walkway. It first opened to the public in 2009.
From 1934 to 1980, this rail line carried meat to the Meatpacking District in New York. Today the park extends from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street. The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is currently working on an extension called The Spur which is expected to open in April of 2019.
Some friends from France came to town and wanted to explore this park. We walked over to the entrance on 34th street and ascended to the walkway via a long ramp. We admired the interesting artwork we saw along the way (Exhibits change out periodically.)
We exited via the 16th Street staircase to have lunch in Chelsea Market, a busy indoor marketplace with shops and restaurants.
Location: Gansevoort & Washington Streets to 34th st & 12th Ave
Designation: City Park
Date designated or established: 2009
Date of my visit: 12/09/2016