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Things to Do on and Around the High Line in NYC

Striking a balance between of urban and organic, community hub and tourist stop, the high line is one of NYC's hottest destinations.

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The hustle and bustle of NYC is exciting and full of energy. But sometimes with that energy comes the need to escape from the chaos.

The High Line, a 1.5-mile linear park built on an elevated freight line on Manhattan’s West Side, is the perfect spot. It’s scattered with greenery and gardens, art, performances and plenty of spots to sit and people-watch. Plus, there are tons of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat when you get peckish.

Entrances to the High Line

There are many ways to enter the park, which is completely wheelchair-accessible. Visit thehighline.org for a map.

On the High Line

Stop and explore the beautiful landscapes and art exhibits along the path.

The 14th Street Passage

Head to this partially closed passage at dusk to discover videos, curated series, new productions and more through the High Line’s Channel 14 program.

Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature

Cool off and splash your feet in the water path where water used to accrue on its own back when the High Line was still an unused freight rail. You’ll find it between 14th and 15th streets.

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Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover

Covered in giant leaf magnolia, towering trees and beautiful plants, this garden zone was designed to bring you face-to-face with the treetops and nature in all its glory. It’s between 25th and 27th streets.

Art

Every year, the leadership of the High Line commissions new works from artists. The artwork typically stays up for a year. Check out what’s currently on view.

Food and Drink

In the warm-weather months, you’ll find a bevy of options along the High Line.

Santina

This coastal Italian establishment at Gansevoort and Washington streets features fresh vegetables and high-end seafood dishes like oysters with a cucumber mignonette, octopus, and branzino crudo with acqua pazza and chili oil. And don’t worry – this restaurant stays open during the winter months, too, making sure you’ll never go hungry on the High Line.

La Sonrisa Empanadas

On 15th near Chelsea, you’ll find delicious empanadas from authentic family recipes stuffed with meats, seafood and fresh veggies.

Mao Bao

Mao Bao dishes out savory and healthy bao buns in a variety of fun flavors, making this a special treat that’s easy to eat on the go!

La Newyorkina

A frozen treat to cool yourself off during a sweltering New York summer day is a must! Check out the frozen paletas (Mexican ice pops) in a range of beautiful colors and tasty flavors.

Hearth on the High Line

The open cafe and wine bar with stunning views of the skyline and the Hudson River has a fantastic selection of beer and wines to complement the small-plates menu.

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Near the High Line

Explore Chelsea Market

A must-hit location for foodies, there are countless vendors, artists, and vintage antiques for you to discover at Chelsea Market.

Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art

Pan through nearly 63,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space filled with 20th-century and contemporary American art, with special attention paid to living artists.

Where to Stay

Executive Hotel Le Soleil

This AAA Four Diamond Rated hotel at 38 W. 36th St. is filled with colorful rooms and chic bathrooms perfect for relaxing after a day discovering the High Line. You’ll also be right in the action near Macy’s, midtown businesses and Fifth Avenue. Book now.

Dream Downtown

Close to quaint local shops, cafes and restaurants, you’ll find this stylish Four Diamond Rated hotel at 355 W. 16th St. The boutique loft rooms with round windows and unique decor match the charismatic neighborhood. Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop nightclub or relax by the pool in a luxurious cabana. Book now.

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What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit the High Line? Share it with us in the comments. 

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