The Lowdown on the High Line
by nycgo.com staff, 06/03/2014 [Updated 02/12/2016]
Whitney Museum of American Art's future building. Courtesy, Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Gansevoort Street Entrance, Meatpacking District
Lush greenery above gives way to cobblestone streets, seafood and shopping below the High Line's first entrance.The entrance is the beginning point for park tours, departing Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 10am from May through September.
Culture: Whitney Museum of American Art
The venerable Upper East Side institution has relocated downtown to a stunning new building by starchitect Renzo Piano. Not only is there amazing American art on display in five floors of gallerys, the museum's outdoor terraces offer some incredible views of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River.
After working up an appetite in the fresh air, head to this three-level seafood restaurant in the Meatpacking District that features a menu dotted with inventive dishes like crab spaghetti and scallop gnocchi. The sleek, open space and shareable food create the perfect setting for a memorable meal with friends.
Shopping: Zadig & Voltaire
Outfit yourself at the NYC flagship of this Parisian rock 'n' roll–inspired label. Inside, find delicate cashmere pieces, customized studded knitwear, washed-silk camisoles and hip-hugging denim.
After a filling meal and some retail therapy, head back to the park and continue your stroll. The stretch of the High Line near the Gansevoort Street entrance is known as the Gansevoort Woodland. It's the ideal place to feel miles away from Manhattan, thanks to large trees like colorful redbuds and Whitespire gray birch. (All you have to do is ignore the sounds of honking taxicabs below.)