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The High Line

The High Line, NYC © Jessica Sheridan
The High Line, NYC © Jessica Sheridan

The High Line, or High Line Park, is a verdant elevated strip hovering between the skyscrapers of Manhattan's West Side. This unique public park is built on what was once a freight rail line and brings a welcome splash of greenery into the district. Construction of the park began in 2006 and was completed in 2014; it now draws millions of visitors annually and has led to a real estate boom in the areas it passes through, with apartments overlooking the pretty strip rocketing in value.

As well as being a picturesque and convenient way to get from A to B in the West Side, the High Line features viewpoints, recreation areas and public spaces for exhibitions and productions. The most popular spots for cultural diversions in the park are the 14th Street Passage and Chelsea Market Passage, semi-enclosed sections frequently used for public programs and art exhibitions. Kids will love features like the Pershing Square Beams, just west of 11th Avenue, where the original framework of steel beams has been exposed to create a garden playground. Those who just want to find peaceful spots to read, rest or admire the view can capitalise on the many viewpoints, benches and well-designed nooks, or even have a picnic on the 23rd Street Lawn.

Address: The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street and can be accessed at numerous points.

Website: www.thehighline.org

Opening times: December to March 7am - 7pm; April to May 7am - 10pm; June to September 7am - 11pm; October to November 7am - 10pm.

Admission: Admission is free and there are free public tours but donations are appreciated.