Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Meatpacking District

by Jessica Allen, 01/08/2013

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  • The High Line
    Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street (bet. Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), 212-206-9922
    The High Line opened in 2009 to much fanfare, and adoration for this former freight rail bed has yet to die down. Currently extending from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street—its northern expansion to West 34th Street is in the works—the park presents an elevated view of three neighborhoods, in addition to well-designed places to sit, stroll and lounge, perfect for architecture enthusiasts and weary flaneurs. Curated installations include glass-and-metal sculptures and billboard-size photographs, but not all of it is officially sanctioned: street art adorns the backs of buildings, and residents whose apartments overlook the park are known to fill their windows and fire escapes with their own creative expressions. Budding and expert botanists love the landscaping, featuring more than 300 mostly native species of grasses, shrubs, trees, perennials and other plants. From 1934 to 1980, trains carted mail and delivered meat and agricultural products to the area's warehouses, factories and butchers. In the late 1990s concerned citizens saved the abandoned rails from being demolished and then lobbied the City to preserve and convert them into a public space—a triumph for the civic-minded that everyone can enjoy. (For more information about what to do and see, read our guide to the High Line.)

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