History of the High LineSince 1980, no trains have run on the High Line and conservationists have fought to preserve the historic structure from demolition. In 2003, hundreds of design teams submitted proposals for preserving and re-using the High Line and construction of the elevated park began in 2006.
Visiting the High LineThe opening of the first half-mile section of the High Line on June 9, 2009 was the culmination of more than three years of construction and ten years of planning.
Section 1 of the High Line stretches from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street and is open to the public.
- Access points are at Gansevoort Street, 14th Street, 16th Street, 18th Street, and 20th Street.
- At the 14th Street and 16th Street entrances, visitors can use elevators to ascend to the park.
- Park hours are 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. Last entrance to the park is at 9:45 PM.
Things to Do on the High LineIf you get tired of just relaxing amid the landscaped greenery of the renovated High Line and gazing down at the city below, you'll also find events and exhibits on the High Line.
- Art on the High Line -- The High Line features a number of public art installations and rotating art exhibits. The High Line also offers art walks, classes, lectures, and hands-on workshops. See what's on display on the High Line right now.
- High Line Garden Programs -- The High Line serves as a fertile laboratory and teaching tool for those interested in horticulture and gardening. Attend lectures, and family programs with Friends of the High Line horticultural staff, planting designer Piet Oudolf, and landscape architects.
- High Line Family Programs -- Families can enjoy bilingual story-telling and musical performances, puppet shows, treasure hunts, hands-on arts workshops, and more. Special topics include the High Line's design and construction, the High Line’s industrial and rail history, the High Line’s plants, and more.
- High Line History Programs -- The High Line hosts talks and tours focused on industrial and architectural history of West Chelsea.
- Open House New York -- The High Line is a very popular stop on the annual, city-wide Open House New York weekend in early October, in which sites of architectural and historical interest around the city are opened to the public.