Hi friends, welcome back! I’ve got another fall foliage tour for you today. I originally went to the High Line to take pictures for a future post, but the fall colors were showing off so much that I just had to share. The High Line is a walkway and park built on an elevated, abandoned railroad track, and opened to the public in 2009. The High Line is more than just a trail, it also displays gardens, provides plenty of seating, and features quite a few pieces of art and sculptures.
The High Line starts at Gansevoort Street (three blocks south of 14th Street) in the Meatpacking District and continues over Chelsea for 1.45 miles to 34th Street, ending in Hudson Yards. There are exits along the way, so you can get on or off wherever is convenient and don’t have to walk the full trail.
Over 500 species of plants and trees call the High Line their home. I’ll have to return in the spring when everything is blooming.
You can see Little Island from the High Line – I’ll be sharing that next year 🙂
I spy the Empire State Building, a mural, and an interesting building.
Jon and I used to live in Hudson Yards and we loved taking the High Line to dinner in Chelsea or the Meat Packing District. The trail gets extremely crowded, but it’s such a pretty place to walk through. Some parts of the trail are only two people wide, so if someone stops for a picture it can create a large backup of foot traffic. I captured these pictures on a Thursday, so it was less crowded than usual.
Jon used to work in the shorter building with the triangle on top at 10 Hudson Yards. The building to the left features “The Edge”, the worlds highest observation deck in the western hemisphere with a glass bottom and INCREDIBLE views of the city. The Edge rises 1,100 feet or about 100 stories. If you’re feeling brave, you can scale the side of the building to the top, but I think I’ll decline that opportunity ha!
The real estate along the High Line has become extremely expensive, but I don’t think I’d want people oogling up at my home… The buildings are even pieces of art themselves. The barrel looking building is called The Lantern House and it connects under the High Line. It opened in 2021 and the 3 bed, 3 bath penthouse can be yours for $15.975 million, or you can purchase a one bed, one bath for $2.15 million.
This modern looking luxury building called 520 W 28th was designed by artist Zaha Hadid and is definitely one of the most interesting buildings I’ve seen. You can purchase a two bed, two and a half bath for $3.995 million, or a four bedroom, four and a half bath for $11.495 million! If you watch Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo, this is where the real estate agent Steve Gold lives and his unit has been featured on the show quite a few times. He also listed a few units in the last season.
This artwork is a sign to wear your retainer ha!! I was curious so I looked it up, and it was made in a marble quarry in Italy, and it’s supposed to represent the “strangeness of orthodontics and straight teeth as a marker of class, in part because of orthodontics’ exorbitant price” All I see is a giant retainer, but that’s just me…
The end of the High Line at Hudson Yards features more sitting areas and places to eat. This would be a nice spot to eat lunch if you’re working in one of the office buildings.
Hudson Yards and the area along the High Line have come a long way in the last ten years. This area used to be a manufacturing area and filled with parking lots, but has now been gentrified with office buildings and luxury apartments. It’s also an incredibly popular spot for tourists now with over 8 million people a year visiting the High Line.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the High Line! I would highly recommend checking it out, it’s such a neat spot in the city and a beautiful walk. There’s also so many great shops and dining in Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and Meatpacking so it should definitely be on your itinerary 🙂