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This dramatic balcony marks the point where the southern end of the High Line was severed in the 80s, making way for apartments in the former Manhattan Refrigerating Warehouse. It’s east of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the offices of Friends of the High Line.
In warm months, vines cascade over the railings here to form a lush curtain visible to passersby. On the street below is the red brick building of the Meatpacking District’s last operating meatpacking plant, and the dramatic glass hotel, The Standard High Line, is directly north.
Every evening starting at dusk in this semi-enclosed passage, you can find an outdoor video program, High Line Channel 14, which shows art videos, historic works, new productions, and curated series.
When the High Line was still an empty railroad track, water would accumulate at this spot naturally—that’s why the designers planned the subtle water feature here. It’s a family favorite during warmer months, a place for both children and children-at-heart to dip their toes.
The High Line runs along the former home of National Biscuit Company, aka Nabisco (now home to Chelsea Market). This is where the Oreo cookie was invented, using flour delivered by trains in this passage. It’s now our open-air food court.
This spur crosses 10th Avenue to connect to the former Merchants Refrigerated Warehouse. It’s a slice of High Line botanic history, with crab apples, asters, sedges, goldenrods, and alumroot evoking the wild days before the park was open to all.
This extraordinary window down to the street was created by removing the steel beams of the original High Line structure. The amphitheater (fully wheelchair accessible) is the site of both public performances and daily people-watching on the street below.
Here, the original steel train tracks run along the pathway between the dogwoods, bottlebrush buckeye, hollies, and other dense shrubs and trees—a magical convergence of the industrial and the natural.
Anchored on the southern end with seating steps made of reclaimed teak, this is a popular spot for picnics. You can find site-specific art installations here, including our annual mural on a neighboring building. (Please note, the lawn is sometimes closed for maintenance).
Designed to complement the natural microclimate of this stretch of the park, where bigleaf magnolia, aromatic sassafras, and other trees flourish, the path gently rises eight feet above the High Line, bringing you face-to-face with the treetops.
The rectangular frame here showcases crosstown views at 26th Street—including a look at the original offices of Friends of the High Line in the Hudson Guild building, and the Chelsea Elliot Houses, which are home to 2,000 neighbors.
In this section—the widest of the High Line—the path makes a pivot from its north-south orientation to one running east-to-west. There are a wealth of furniture options here, including the signature High Line peel-up X benches, making this section of the park an open, social hub.
This is the last section of the original rail to be turned into public space. The Spur is home to the Coach Passage, a large open-air gathering space, and the High Line Plinth, a dedicated site for monumental artworks. And, look out for the largest trees on the park: sweetgum, orange bark stewartia, and black tupelo.
The concrete deck in this part of the park has been stripped away to reveal the original framework of steel beams and girders. These industrial structures have been coated in a silicone surface, transforming them into an area safe for running, climbing, and play.
Our gardeners leave this landscape of self-seeded plants mostly uncultivated, honoring the iconic urban landscape that emerged on these tracks after the trains stopped running. The 360-degree views of the Hudson River and the city here are stunning.
This is the main entry point for the Interim Walkway, and the only point where the High Line descends to street level. Spilling out onto 34th Street, this entrance is easily accessible via M34 select bus service and the Number 7 subway extension at Hudson Yards.