Must-See Meatpacking District
by Christina Parrella, 09/01/2014 [Updated 04/29/2015]
The High Line. Photo: Tagger Yancey IV
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When you feel like taking a break from shopping or cultural explorations, the High Line provides an ideal counterpoint as a destination for plein-air pursuits. Not only is the green space one of the most successful revitalization projects in NYC, it's also eminently cool.
With its plantings of trees, flowers and native flora, the elevated park is a horticultural masterpiece, offering visitors a retreat from the City in the midst of it. The High Line is also a great spot for sightseers, giving a bird's-eye view of the Meatpacking District—most directly from the Gansevoort Street entrance. And the lounge chairs, benches and lawns here are good for relaxing or sunbathing. The park hosts interactive art exhibitions, performances, pop-up showcases and even stargazing, not to mention food purveyors who set up shop atop the walkway roughly mid-April to October. With waterfront views, access to public art and a greenery-lined path uninterrupted by street traffic, the park has quickly become one of the City's most popular destinations.
The nearby Hudson River Park is another outdoor space good for a walk, bike or run. While the park spans 550 acres along the Hudson River, one grassy patch of it in the Meatpacking District—14th Street Park—sits inland, providing an easily accessible place for a respite, plus close proximity to Chelsea Market for when the hunger pangs set in.