Attraction of The Week: High Line Park

By Go City Expert

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High Line Park

One of the greatest luxuries in New York are the amazing and unique views that the city presents. It seems as though wherever you go, no matter the borough, you can find gorgeous opportunities to take photos. Of course we see the photos of monstrous buildings in the sky and even scenic photos of NYC's historic venues but perhaps one of the best photo opportunities in New York is a hidden gem... High Line Park.

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"The High Line", as it is often referred to, is a public park/walk-way in the sky that hovers over the city. The park is situated on what used to be railways stretching from below 14th street up to 34th street by the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Many people love walking on the High Line not only because of the amazing view from over the city but also for the sight of the neighboring Hudson River. Another famous neighbor to the High Line is the Whitney Museum, positioned right at the foot of the park on Ganesvoort street. [caption id="attachment_1301" align="aligncenter" width="511"]

High Line Park | @highlinenyc[/caption] Activities are plenty at High Line Park no matter the season. Throughout the year you can catch temporary art installations and performances. In warmer months you can also enjoy the gardens which feature over 200 species of plants, and sun-bathing along the path which provides relaxing benches facing the river. One of the most popular stops along the path is the ramp between 25th and 26th street that allows visitors to sit right above the street and watch the traffic pass along.

While walking through High Line Park, you'll also pass by Chelsea Market which is an interesting hub that hosts many different cuisines as well as stores and art shops... Just something to keep in mind if you want to grab a bite to eat after enjoying the High Line.

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Hours

The hours for the park change slightly depending on the season. Below you can see what times the park will be opening and closing throughout the year:

Winter: 7am - 7pm Spring/Fall: 7am - 10pm Summer: 7am - 11pm

If you're interested in walking through High Line Park, entrance is absolutely free, but tours are offered if you'd like to find out more about the history of the park.

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