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Frequently
Asked
Questions

See our Visitor Health & Safety Guidelines

Overview


The High Line is open daily, with COVID-related measures in place. These measures, such as reduced capacity and encouraging visitors to wear a mask or face covering, help ensure an improved and safer visitor and employee experience.

Elevators are available at Gansevoort Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street, and 30th Street.

Please wear a mask or face covering.

Docent-led public tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from May to October, and on Saturdays from November to April.

How should I plan for my visit?

Before the date of your visit, make sure to review park rules and COVID-related visitor precautions.

Is there a fee to enter the High Line?
No.

What are the hours of operation?
The High Line’s hours vary by season:
Fall (October 1 – November 30): 7am to 10pm
Winter (December 1 – March 31): 7am to 7pm
Spring (April 1 – May 31): 7am to 10pm
Summer (June 1 – September 30): 7am to 11pm

Can I book a group visit or guided tour?
Yes. Please visit our Private Tours page to learn more.

Will any activities or tours be available during my visit?
We are pleased to offer free public tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from May to October and tours on Saturdays from November to April.

 If you’re interested in a private tour, visit our Private Tours page for more information.

I have a mobility disability. Can I use any elevator?
Elevators are available at Gansevoort Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street, and 30th Street entrances. Please note that the elevator at 16th Street is currently out of service.

When will the Western Railyards Interim Connection be reopened?
There is no set date for when the High Line will fully reopen; it will be based on when we can do so safely.

 

While you’re on the park

How is the High Line working to keep visitors safe and healthy? What precautions are expected of me as a visitor?
Visit our Visitor Health & Safety page for more information on how we’re keeping our staff and visitors safe. We need visitors’ help too to maintain a healthy environment in the park; please read visitor precautions before you visit.

Will I be able to sit on a bench?
Benches are available. Please be courteous and give priority to elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and pregnant persons. Maintain social distancing while using benches.

Will the 23rd Street Lawn be open?
No. We’re eager to reopen the Lawn when it’s safe to do so.

Will food and beverage be available during my visit?
Our food and beverage vendors are open from April to October. More information on is available on our Eat & Drink page.

Should I wear a mask?
Yes, all High Line visitors are asked to wear a mask or face covering.

 

General

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.

 

Is the High Line wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The entire High Line is wheelchair accessible. 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.

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).

 

About the park

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. The last section of the original High Line—the Spur at 30th Street and 10th Avenue—opened in spring 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.

 

How do I…?

… 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 daily operations. To stay informed, 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!

… hold a photo or film shoot on the High Line?

Learn about film and photo shoots in the park.


Discrimination and harassment

Remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. We do not tolerate any discrimination against or harassment of our staff, volunteers, or visitors. It’s illegal to harass someone because of their race or national origin under New York City Human Rights Law. Approach a High Line staff member or call 311 to report harassment or discrimination to the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Stay up-to-date on any operational or programming-related changes by following @highlinenyc on Twitter.