High Line at the Rail Yards

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The High Line at the Rail Yards will open to the public on Sunday, September 21, 2014. For information on visiting the rest of the High Line, see Plan Your Visit.

The High Line at the Rail Yards is the third and northernmost section of the High Line park. It is one half-mile in length and runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west.

Interim Walkway Hours

Because the Interim Walkway contains no lighting features, this section of the park will maintain different operating hours. From April through October, the Interim Walkway will open at 7:00 AM and close 30 minutes before dusk; from November through March, it will open at 7:30 AM and close 30 minutes before dusk.

Opening Week Activities

In celebration of the opening of the Rail Yards, we're hosting a week of special programs. Details are available here.

Design Features at the Rail Yards

Grasslands Grove

Enlarge23rd Street Lawn

The Grasslands Grove is a serene gathering space near 30th Street. In addition to secluded seating and communal picnic areas, the Grove also houses an assortment of new design elements, including the peel-up sound bench – a chime feature for children – and the peel-up rocker.

Rail Track Walk

EnlargeView looking west along West 30th Street. Photo by Timothy Schenck

These three linear walks – located in different areas along the Rail Yards – reveal the High Line’s rail tracks, evoking the High Line’s history as an active freight rail line. On these walks, visitors can interact with artifacts such as the rail “frog” and the rail switches, or rest in one of several alcove pockets of peel-up benches located throughout the pathways. Planting beds featuring Piet Oudolf’s naturalistic landscape border the pathways.

11th Avenue Bridge

EnlargeRendering of the 11th Avenue Bridge, looking west toward Hudson River

As the High Line runs west over 11th Avenue, the main pathway gradually slopes up about two feet, creating an elevated catwalk from which visitors can view the park, the cityscape, and Hudson River. Lush display gardens on either side of the catwalk will separate the main pathway from the more intimate linear bench seating running along the railing on either side of the bridge.

Pershing Square Beams

EnlargeDetail Rendering of Beams

Just west of 11th Avenue is a unique design feature for kids, the Pershing Square Beams. Here the High Line's concrete deck is stripped away, revealing the original framework of steel beams and girders. The structure itself is transformed into a series of sunken areas – coated in a silicone surface for safety – that children can run between, climb over, and play within. The area also includes a series of play elements developed exclusively for the High Line, such as a rotating beam, periscopes, a gopher hole, and talking and viewing tubes.

Interim Walkway

EnlargeView looking southeast at 12th Avenue, just north of West 30th Street. Photo by Kathleen Fitzgerald

At the park's northernmost point is the Interim Walkway. This area features a simple path through the existing self-seeded plantings, celebrating the urban landscape that emerged on the High Line after the trains stopped running in 1980. Visitors can take in expansive views of the Hudson River and the cityscape, or relax in any of the four gathering spaces located in this area. Because the Interim Walkway is not lit at night, this part of the park closes earlier – 30 minutes before dusk.

The Interim Walkway also features a site-specific High Line Art commission by Adrián Villar Rojas. The series of abstract sculptures, composed partly with seeds and compost from the High Line, will be on view through the summer of 2015.

Opening Week activities are generously sponsored by CSX Transportation.

The Macy's 34th Street Shuttle will provide free bus service along 34th Street – between the High Line at the Rail Yards and Macy's Herald Square – on the weekends of September 20 to 21 and 27 to 28.

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