What is the High Line?
The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure running from Gansevoort St. to 34th St. on Manhattan’s West Side.
The High Line was founded by neighborhood residents in 1999 to prevent the elevated rail track from being demolished. With the close partnership of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the High Line has transformed into a public space where every New Yorker and visitor is welcome and can experience the intersection of nature, art, and design. The High Line also facilitates a national learning community, called the High Line Network, for leaders of similar projects.
Who is Friends of the High Line?
Friends of the High Line, a nonprofit organization, oversees the public programming, public art, maintenance, and operations for the High Line. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.
What was the High Line used for?
As a freight rail line, the High Line was in operation from 1934 to 1980. It carried meat to the Meatpacking District, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of the industrial West Side, and mail to the Post Office.
Who owns the High Line?
The High Line is owned by the City of New York and is under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. It was donated to the City by CSX Transportation, Inc.
The land beneath the High Line is owned in parcels by New York State, New York City, and more than 20 private property owners.
The High Line is open daily, and hours vary by season.
Spring hours: April 1 through May 31
7am – 10pm
Summer hours: June 1 through September 30
7am – 11pm
Fall hours: October 1 through November 30
7am – 10pm
Winter hours: December 1 through March 31
7am – 7pm
Where are the entrances to the park?
Access points are located at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 17th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., 30th St. and 10th Ave., 30th St. and 11th Ave., and 34th St. The entrances at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., and 30th St. are accessible by elevator. The entrance at 34th St. is a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Where are the restrooms located?
Restrooms are located on the High Line at Gansevoort St. and 16th St.
Where are the water fountains?
Water fountains are located on the High Line near the Gansevoort St., 16th St., 17th St., 23rd St., and 30th St. access points.
Does the High Line meet standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act?
Yes. The entire High Line is wheelchair accessible, as are our programs and events. Check out our Visitor Info page to learn more.
Why aren’t dogs allowed on the High Line?
We know many of our supporters are dog owners, and setting our “no dogs” rule was a tough decision. Ultimately, the rule is necessary because of the limited space in the park, the large number of visitors, and—most importantly—the health of the High Line’s landscape. The park’s planking system was designed to direct rainwater runoff towards the planting beds. This means that dog urine, which is highly acidic, would end up in the soil and damage the plants. We appreciate your understanding.
Is there an area where you can walk in the grass?
The High Line lawn, located at 23rd St., is open for anyone to walk, play, and picnic (although we do sometimes have to close it for maintenance). All other planting beds are off-limits. Please note that the lawn is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Who can I ask for help while on the High Line?
You can spot our staff and volunteers, who wear t-shirts or other clothing with the High Line logo (and/or identification badges).
How can I find out about events on the High Line?
We offer a full calendar of free and low-cost public events, primarily in the warmer months of the year. Tours, lectures, performances, and events for the whole family highlight the High Line’s design, gardens, history, public art, and more.
When did the High Line open to the public?
The High Line was constructed and opened in stages. The first section, from Gansevoort St. to 20th St., opened in June 2009. The park extended to 30th St. in 2011, and the High Line at the Rail Yards opened in 2014. And we’re currently extending further east—the Spur will open on 30th St. and 10th Ave. in 2019.
Who designed the High Line?
The design team was selected in 2004 by Friends of the High Line and the City of New York: James Corner Field Operations (project lead), a landscape architecture firm; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an architecture firm; and planting designer Piet Oudolf.
How is the High Line sustainable?
The High Line is inherently “green”—it re-purposes a piece of industrial infrastructure as public green space. As a landscape, the High Line also serves the function that a green roof would serve in the city, reducing the amount of storm-water that runs into the sewer system, because the park’s pathways allow water to drain into the adjacent planting beds. We at the High Line are committed to enhancing our sustainability in all operations and maintenance as well; read more on our Sustainable Practices page.
… get involved with the High Line?
Everyone in our community, and all New Yorkers, are warmly invited to engage with the High Line and be part of our programs and daily operations. To stay informed about public events and meetings, subscribe to our newsletter. We also invite you to learn more about becoming a volunteer. Most importantly: Consider becoming a member today—we rely on our members’ support!
… take a guided walking tour?
Regularly scheduled public walking tours take place during the summer, fall, and spring. Due to the narrow width of pathways on the High Line, tour groups are limited to 20 attendees, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To view upcoming tours, please visit our Event Calendar. Private tours for up to 40 people are also available. But your best option: Become a member today and get special access to members-only tours.
… get married on the High Line?
Ceremonies with fewer than 20 guests are permitted in public parks without a permit. We cannot accommodate larger wedding ceremonies or receptions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
… hold a party or other event on the High Line?
We have multiple venue rental options available for both private and public events. Learn more about our venues.
… hold a photo or film shoot on the High Line?
We welcome film and photo shoots. Each shoot must abide by a number of rules and regulations developed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting. Please submit an inquiry using the film & photo shoot inquiry form at least 3-5 days before desired shoot date.