The High Line’s New Addition

The Grassy Lawn on The High Line, Phase Two

A few weeks ago, we wrote about one of our favorite places in the city—the High Line.

Flowers Along The High Line, Phase Two

Water Feature at the High Line

The post was slightly fueled from cabin fever (it had rained that entire week!), but mostly we were anticipating the opening of the High Line’s Phase Two, which runs from 20th Street in Chelsea north to 30th Street.

That time has finally come.

Flowers Along The High Line, Phase Two

The second phase differs from the first in a few ways.

Unlike the original section of the park—which seemed to be wide open, with the exception of a few warehouses and the Standard Hotel—the new pathway seems to snake along between residential buildings, both old and new.

This gives the second phase a more intimate feel, as windows and fire escapes of buildings are within arms reach of the park’s railings.

The High Line, Phase Two

A View of the High Line, Phase Two

Near 22nd Street, there is a nearly 5,000 square foot grassy lawn for visitors to lounge or picnic on.

You can also people watch on the nearby stadium seating, made from reclaimed teak wood from southeast Asian farm buildings.

The Grassy Lawn at the High Line, Phase Two

Viewing Area at The High Line, Phase Two

There is even more seating near the end of Phase Two, where an elegant curve of teak benches extends toward the exit of the new section.

The Lot at 30th Street at the High Line, Phase Two

One of the biggest attractions surrounding the new section’s opening is actually below the High Line itself. The Lot at 30th Street—yes, literally a lot—currently houses food trucks and a bar, so hungry and thirsty High Line visitors won’t go without.

Food Trucks at the Lot at 30th Street

Colicchio & Sons Bar at The High Line, Phase Two

A few perennial favorites, including Red Hook Lobster Pound, the Taco Truck, and Kelvin Slush were out today. Colicchio & Sons is manning the bar, serving beer and wine on draft.

Rainbow City at the High Line

The former parking lot is also home to a rotating selection of public events, most of which are free.

Currently, the space is home to AOL and FriendsWithYou’s “Rainbow City.”

Described as “an urban playground,” the lot is filled with colorful (and giant!) inflatable balloons that visitors are encouraged to interact with.

Flowers In Bloom Along The High Line

Blooms Along The High Line, Phase Two

The second phase has been a long time coming, so we were thrilled to finally have the chance to enjoy it. This new addition has set the bar pretty high for the third and final addition!

– Ryan

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70 responses to “The High Line’s New Addition

  1. Ab*Soul

    That’s pretty amazing. The Rainbow City installation looks bananas.

  2. My husband and I have been itching to get here. You just gave me the push we need! Lovely photos!

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  4. LOVE the new addition…and the lot with food trucks you are speaking my lingo! We got to eat from the Kimchee taco food truck and we thought it was great wish I was back in the city..still need to post my picks from High Line. Once again you captured some great shots! Looked like a great clear day and great views of the city!

  5. I’ve been out of the city abroad for a while now but I can’t wait to visit this summer. I hope it lives up to the hype!

  6. OMG, I can’t wait to see it! I’ve been waiting (im)patiently since the first section opened–I may go today if it doesn’t rain later. 🙂

  7. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. Your photographs are amazing, and the place looks lovely. But I don’t understand, it’s an elevated park? Do you have to pay to visit it?

  9. Absolutely spectacular photos — just LOVE the flowers!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed,

    Mikalee

  10. from the photos you posted it look awesome 🙂

  11. Beautiful and amazing. What a great idea for a city.

  12. This is AWESOME! I wish they would do something cool like that here. You guys are lucky. Great photographs, too!

  13. What a great post! Your pics and commentary made me want to dash right to the middle of that and lay in the grass! Congrats on Freshly Pressed!
    Chris

  14. What a cool place. I love green oases in the middle of vibrant cities. Gorgeous photos. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  15. Great city and just amazing pictures! thanks

  16. I sent a picture of the rainbow city to my sister from my Iphone. She thought it was a video game or something. Your pictures are beautiful! I recommend the food truck with the dumplings!

  17. what a great post! Also this is a really forward-thinking idea from the city. A great way of bringing nature and green back into people’s lives and those who live in the concrete jungle 🙂 I wish my city was as cool. Well done on being freshly pressed!

  18. I am in love with the first picture. The wide angle is just perfect. I love the composition.

  19. Stunning photos. Looks uber-cool- and so does your blog by the way- love it!

  20. I’ve never been to NY and I can’t wait to be there…some day! Leave the gardens until then!!

  21. They even actually have a star gazing event tonight. Not sure what that entails but your post definitely gave me more of a push to go as well.

  22. I made a pilgrimage to visit the High Line from Boston in ’09 and was not disappointed. The lure of food trucks makes it time for another visit. The whole concept, though long in coming, is such a brilliant idea. Thanks for the great shots of the new addition–especially the first one…grass in NYC!

  23. I think the amazing thing is that the city was far sighted enough to have built this. People who live in inner cities need a place to escape. I think it is essential to have grass, proper grass, under your feet, It makes things so much more beautiful….

  24. Sooo cool! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. oldergay1963

    Your comments need a devil’s advocate. I walked the High Line extension a few days ago. I live not far away.

    In this Gilded Age II, with the economy in long-term-doldrums, I find the High Line to be excessive. The extension is too narrow, and will prove absolutely claustrophobic when the nouveau riche come to slum in the Meatpacking District, on sultry weekend nights.

    There are many lawsuits waiting to happen, when someone trips on an abandoned rail, or a child slips in that shallow pool, for example.

    The entire effect is lovely, designed well. But we cannot afford to keep it up. I was suprised at how fast the first segment’s trees grew, already. Maintenance will cost a fortune – which no one has. At least, that’s what they tell us. We are broke.

    And a block away is the new Hudson River park system – a super-expensive playland for the rich who continue to flock to Manhattan. It is more egalitarian, which means fewer Zagat-rated restaurants.

    When Manhattan completes it’s goal, it will be a giant shopping mall with housing, hotels, restaurants and poseurs. And there will be sneaky ways to keep the poor hidden. Westchester and Nassau Counties already forbid non-county residents from visiting most of their parks. Manhattanites will have to be craftier to keep the poor off the High Line. But they will do it. Those wooden recliners look too much like beds…

    For now, it is as pretty as your pictures. And there are very few objectionable people. It is tidy and pleasant for a stroll. It is a symbol of America today. It doesn’t stand for a thing. And that seems to be the idea.

    • It’s sad to me that someone can make up such negative things about something that has been so great to the city. Keeping with the general theme of the blog (one of positivity and exploring New York’s gems), I’ll keep my reply brief, but I do wish to acknowledge a few of your points.

      Even though the Department of Parks and Recreation provides security for the park, its maintenance is covered by Friends of the High Line, a group of private donors. Maintenance is estimated to cost about $4 million annually, which is not all that much comparatively speaking. In fact, the park was landscaped in such a way so that it doesn’t need to be perfectly groomed. We think the first section is gorgeous now—a total respite from so many of the meticulously groomed parks in the city.

      As far as lawsuits, are other city parks are exempt from that risk? Wouldn’t the fountain at Washington Square Park (a much more heavily trafficked park) be a “lawsuit waiting to happen” too, or what about the 44 foot Jaume Plensa sculpture in Madison Square Park at the moment? What if it falls on someone? Sorry, but I don’t follow your logic there.

      We also live a few blocks away, but we embrace the change in the neighborhood rather than rejecting. I find that life is much happier that way. There are too many negative people out there as it is, and we would rather not contribute.

      (Oh, and with regard NYC being broke: the lil’ old High Line Park is expected to bring the city $900 million in revenue and $4 billion in investments over the next 30 years.)

      – LR

      P.S. Funny that you mention Hudson River Park. It’s actually another favorite spot of ours; you should check back later this evening or tomorrow for a post about it.

  26. that spot looks amazing! like a little oasis in the metro…I’d love one of those here in Des Moines.

  27. Congrats on making Freshly Pressed — and so quickly into the life of your blog. Very well deserved!

  28. A great blog with some amazing photos, a friend of mine is engaged to someone from NYC and he had some pics on his profile of the High Line looks like a great place.

  29. Wow. Whoever thought of this deserves to be applauded. I’m very glad such a thing exists! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  30. Noel Tendick

    Man I love the High Line, and now there’s more to love next time I’m out! Thanks for doing the write up and sharing your excellent photos.

  31. Great place, beautiful photos! I just discovered your blog via Freshly Pressed (congrats!), so very sweet and inspiring 🙂

  32. I love the High Line! While we don’t live in NYC, it is a destination I seek when I am in the city visiting friends. So excited the new section is now open… more to explore on our next trip north. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed too!

  33. Beautiful pictures. Well deserved FP.

  34. Keith Skinner

    Damn, just missed it! I left NYC on May 30. Thanks for the great tour. I can hardly wait to return. It just keeps getting better and better.

  35. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. So glad you were because I love these photos. They are terrific, and set the scene so well! This is now right at the top of my list for the next time I get to New York!

  36. It is articles like this that makes me want to live in a bigger city… gorgeous pictures!

  37. Amazing pictures! Can’t wait to check it out when I’m finished with finals. & Congrats on FP.

  38. This is awesome. What a great idea. Great photos.

  39. looks like a cool place! props on the freshly pressed!

  40. mrsforgiveness

    pure inspiration, love that place, just from watching it!

  41. These photos are so beautiful.

  42. Hey don’t forget about the little people who already loved this post before you got famous on freshly pressed…hee hee CONGRATS! I finally posted my pic’s from our day there and linked to your wonderful post of the new addition, cant wait till my next visit to NYC! In the meantime I can see NYC thru your awesome blog.

  43. Thanks for the pics, I went to New York last year and was told by a local in Greenwich Village where I stayed about the High Line but it was on my last day there and never got to see it. These photos are the best I’ve seen that gives you a true sense of it’s wonder. Cheers Sue from Australia.

  44. Ah, how I wish the British were crazy enough to do something as amazing as this!

  45. WOOOOWW!!! Would love to be there!!!

  46. superakh

    Awesome Post!

  47. This looks simply stunning! Have to visit next time I’m around 🙂 And huge congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  48. An inspiring post. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Wow!! That looks amazing. Visiting there may have just been added to my bucket list. Looks like a great place to go on a date or to write. Kikuyu, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  50. i like this post very, very much… because… i was there, i like it (!), i took photos (a few you can find on my blog) and… i didn’t see it in a summer 😦 — that is why i thank you for the opportunity to admire this colors 🙂

  51. Your pictures are the most interesting part of your post, I wonder which cam you use and how it comes, you have these interesting perspectives?!

    • Thanks, Martha. We use a Canon 5D and a few different lenses. All of these were taken with a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens though. (Of course, the camera can only do so much—great light is always crucial!)

  52. Jenna

    Yes! Love the High Line and can’t wait to check out the new addition. Beautiful pictures!

  53. Sorry I missed this yesterday, cannot wait to go back!

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