#OptOutside this Black Friday

Photo by Timothy Schenck

When the last bite of turkey and stuffing are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, we're left with full bellies, unseasonably warm weather, and quality time to spend with family and friends. We believe that the holiday season is for just that – enjoying the company of our loved ones – and what better way to do that than to get outside together?

With that in mind, we were inspired when we heard about a campaign started by REI – one of Friends of the High Line's longest-standing partners – called #OptOutside. REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why on Black Friday REI is closing all 143 of its stores and paying its employees to go outside. Instead of fighting it out in the aisles, REI is encouraging everyone to #OptOutside. So far, close to one million people have pledged to join REI and #OptOutside.

On Black Friday, and during Thanksgiving weekend, we hope that you'll grab your out-of-town guests to come to the High Line and experience all that the park has to offer. The High Line will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM all weekend, offering a 1.5-mile walk to discover beautiful blooms, public art, and a piece of New York City's history.

Here are a few resources to help you make the most of your visit.

Discover the landscape

Take in the art

  • From Yutaka Sone's marble carving of Manhattan at the southern end of the High Line, to Kerry James Marshall's large-scale mural of a futuristic city at West 22nd Street, there is no shortage of art to be seen along the park this month. Check out High Line Art's November map to find all fifteen pieces.

Listen to the podcast

  • Accompany your walk along the High Line with a podcast by Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David. Listen as he recounts his memories, talks about his favorite spots along the park, and discusses the history of our park in the sky.

Need some basic info to plan your visit? We've got directions, maps, and more to get you started.

Prefer to enjoy the great outdoors somewhere else? REI has plenty of recommendations.

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