Exploring districts of New York is great fun. Chelsea market and the High Line are in the Chelsea/Meatpacking district. Both are hugely popular tourist destinations and rank high in the top things to do in New York. Chelsea Market is a famous food hall with historical connections to food production. The High Line is a city park developed from a historic freight rail line that used to cut through the city blocks.
Both are great places to visit and lose yourself for hours, just taking it all in.
Chelsea Market and the High Line are very close to one another so it makes sense to explore both in the same day. You could enjoy a foodie experience walking along the corridors of Chelsea market sampling a taste of something delicious. There are less tables and chairs than there used to be, but there are still some up for grabs. In the warmer months there are activities and music on the High Line.
Chelsea Market is dark and urban warehouse in style. It is very stripped back with bare brick and old exposed pipes.
The quality of the shops are high and geared somewhat towards tourists. Although you can still find a great butcher and dairy if you are local and many distinct dining options in the old Nabisco factory which is a de facto food court.
It originated as a food place when Indians sold their game and crops right here by the side of the Hudson river.
Wholesale butchers lined the streets beneath the High Line tracks and cooled their provisions with blocks of Hudson River ice.
The old biscuit company here invented the Oreo!
In places engineering is displayed and adds a great old world charm.
So, you could either meander through with a coffee and a brownie or enjoy a lunch here to soak up the atmosphere a little longer.
What ever happens, you’ll find a ton of opportunities to take some pretty cool photos.
The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Expect it to be a bit winder in the cooler months as it runs near to the Hudson River.
At times it seems like a raised path way rather than a park, but there are some decent features to look out for:
- Foundation Overlook: A dramatic balcony created by the severing of the line. Views eastward to the Meatpacking District and westward to the newly-opened Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature: Lounge chairs by a water feature, between West 14th and West 15th Streets.
- Chelsea Market Passage: It’s a bit more sheltered here and you’ll find food carts and music here in warmer months.
- 10th Avenue Square and Overlook: A nice amphitheater-like space with views up 10th Avenue to the north and views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River the to the south.
- Chelsea Thicket: A two-block-long thicket featuring a pathway winding gently through a miniature forest of dense shrubs and trees. The original railroad tracks are embedded into the walkway, adding a nice feature.
- 23rd Street Lawn: A nice place for a picnic as there are teak step-seats here.
- Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover: A grated metal pathway segment that passes between two monumental former storage warehouses at West 25th Street. Nice planting here.
- 26th Street Viewing Spur: Seating with views through the metal frame of a bill board of old.
- Pershing Square Beams: West of 11th Avenue, the High Line’s concrete deck is stripped away to reveal the original framework of steel beams and girders. It’s been made safe enough for children to climb over them.
- Interim walkway: It highlights the broad views of the Hudson River to the west and the city to the east.
Planting focuses on native species.
Urban views from the High Line are pretty cool.
It’s a unique experience as you stroll past the sides of skyscrapers.
We really enjoy visiting the Chelsea market and the High Line. It’s more peaceful out of season (but wrap up it’s cold). Summer months are crowded but the atmosphere is more exciting.
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