The NYC – High Line & Hudson River trek, a 4 miles free self-guided tour to visit Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, West Village, Tribeca and Lower Manhattan along the High Line and then the Hudson River, will take you about 2 hours if strolling and taking pictures, much more if you visit the various recommended places on your way.

After having been industrial and deserted for a long time, this part of the city that has become very popular and is still changing. You’ll find, among other things, great photos to do if you like architecture and unusual places or people (details and photos under the map)

Highlights: the Hudson Yards Architectural Complex, the High Line, the Chelsea Galleries and Market, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hudson River Park, the World Trade Center metro Station

A: Take the metro to Hudson Yards; once out, turn left toward West 34th St and the river.

If you are on a hurry, turn again left onto 11th Ave; the High Line will be at the intersection of West 30th St; otherwise continue straight ahead on West 34th to find the entrance beyond the bridge.

In either case, you’ll have unexpected views of the Hudson Yards subway trains and impressive views of the future and futuristic Hudson Yards architectural complex. In 2019, it will house a multi-medium arts and popular culture center, the Shed; you can already see the structure that gives it its name; also here, The Vessel by Thomas Heatherwicks, a tower of 154 interconnected staircases that are considered NYC’s Eiffel Tower.

The High Line was an old elevated railway line built in its time to avoid accidents. It was nearly demolished before being transformed into a hanging garden by an association of visionaries. It’s now a  model of urban landscaping. It winds between old industrial buildings and more contemporary ones; you’ll see artworks, places to sit, wild plants, and windows opening to the streets below.

B and C: At 23rd St, find the elevator or the staircase and go down to visit the Chelsea galleries;  if the High Line is really too busy to your liking, you’ll also reach the Hudson River Park earlier than planned (to do that, head west to find it, and take it on the left)

Galleries are on 25th St heading west, then on the 24th St when returning to the High Line. Most represent living and world-famous artists. If you want to see more, take 23rd and 22nd St, then 21st and 20th St (the journey is shorter and shorter because of the geography of the place). You’ll then be able to take the High Line back on 20th St (no lift at this location).

Otherwise, retrace your steps to go back to the 23rd St elevator.

D: At 16th St, take again the elevator or the stairs to reach 10th Ave practically right under your feet.

You’ll find the entrance to the Chelsea Market, a tall red brick building facing you. It’s not a former meat plant despite the name of the district, but a biscuit factory transformed into a market of fresh produce; it houses many restaurants; its industrially themed decoration is impressive.

E: Once done with your visit, take the High Line back at the same location, or follow 10th Ave.

Both will lead you to the Whitney Museum of American Art. It moved here in 2015, and its architecture is probably a nod to the old neighborhood buildings. It allows it to have large and bright halls that enhance its collections; an outdoor staircase offers beautiful views of Manhattan. Its visit will take at least two hours; don’t forget to book your tickets in advance to avoid the line.

F: From there, find then cross 11th Ave; you’ll be in the Hudson River Park.

It’s again a garden, but this time along the water; it offers splendid views of Lower Manhattan in the distance and the jersey City banks on your right.

You’ll find benches along your way, toilets, play areas, a dog park; at Pier 40, the Village Community Boathouse offers free rowing lessons in season (inquire before for schedules) .

The pleasure, however,  consists mainly in walking among the joggers and cyclists (cyclists have reserved lines, don’t worry) while gradually approaching the tower of One World Trade Center.

G: Once in sight of Chambers St, your path reaches a covered and elevated pedestrian crossing: you can either take Warren St on the left, then turn right once on Greenwich St; or turn right to continue along the riverbanks up to Vesey St; then take it on your left.

In both cases, your goal is to reach the World Trade Center metro station. It’s next to One World Tower, so look to it to find your way; once there, you won’t be able to miss its entrance; called the Oculus, it looks like a white bird taking flight. It replaces the metro station destroyed during 9/11; under its slender and spacious structure, you’ll find metro lines and trains for New Jersey; you’ll also find the largest shopping center in Manhattan. Countless shops, some luxury ones, are waiting for you!

That’s how this trek ends; it’s also the first part of trek 2, introduction to NYC, if you want to explore more.

Good to know: On this trek, many restrooms and places to sit . To eat, you’ll have to get off the High Line or leave the Hudson River Park; there are many options at least until the Whitney Museum, and once near One World trade

Metro: Hudson Yards (departure) and World Trade Center (arrival)

Tips for the guide: they are welcome but as we live in a virtual world, it will be easier to follow the suggestions at the bottom of the page. Thanks in advance!

 

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