The Girls Guide to NYC
by Alexis Swerdloff
Photo: Will Steacy
The High Line
Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street (bet. Tenth and 11th Avenues), 212-500-6035, Chelsea, Manhattan
The scene on Girls: During episode 3, Marnie meets Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone), a well-known artist she admires, at a fancy gallery opening. The two leave together to take a walk on the nearby High Line, but find that it's closed. A provocative scene on the park's steps ensues.
The scene in real life: In 2009, a formerly overgrown and abandoned aboveground railroad track along the west side of Manhattan debuted as one of the City's most original attractions: a winding outdoor park known as the High Line. Meticulously manicured and offering stunning vistas, the one-and-a-half-mile-long green space was built in two stages. The second part, completed in 2011, runs from West 20th to West 30th Streets. (Many hope the park will eventually be expanded north to West 34th Street.) While there is nothing more romantic than an evening stroll along the High Line, be smarter than Marnie and Booth and check the time before heading over. It closes at 11pm during the spring and summer, 10pm in the fall and 7pm during the winter. (For suggestions on what to do and see on and near the park, read our feature "The Lowdown on the High Line".)