NYC: Walking along the High Line

So a slightly misleading title. I've praised the High Line before here, a 1.45 mile walk stretching from Hudson Yards to the Whitney Museum of American Art, but I also want to share the two "extensions" you can add to this walk, the East Village and Financial District. Which is one of my favourite ways to spend a day in NYC.

First up, you want to join the High Line at the Hudson Yards end, right by Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel. Obviously admire the Vessel from the ground, grab breakfast round the corner at the Olly Olly Market, or even visit Edge at Hudson Yards if you want to see NYC from up above. (Posts here and here on observation decks in NYC, including Edge and the Vessel.)

But your focus really is going to be the 1.45 mile walk where you'll see lots of nature, artwork and views of the city - more nature at certain times of year than other times, of course! They switch up the artwork throughout the year, which is a great reason to visit every time you're in town, and it's free. Something I always love to do when we're in NYC.

Now, you can continue on right to the end where you'll exit by the Whitney. But just before there, you can exit the High Line and head over to Little Island. Little Island is a man-made island park which opened in 2021, right on the River Hudson at Pier 55. It's another Heatherwick project, in case you were wondering. We had a mooch around and enjoyed an alcoholic beverage sat on the hill in the sunshine. A nice pitstop after your walk along the High Line.

After you've had enough time of Little Island, you could head to ARTECHOUSE NYC and The Whitney Museum of American Art. We did both. ARTECHOUSE NYC when we there had the Magenta: Color of the Year exhibition - mentioned here on the blog - and the Whitney is the Whitney! More here. But it's worth popping in for the art and the great view from the roof.

A 20-min walk away from the Whitney gives you the opportunity to have a mooch around Greenwich Village and tick off seeing the Friends apartment and Carrie Bradshaw's apartment. And if you are hungry, grab a slice (or two) of pizza from either Joe's Pizza or Bleeker Street Pizza. Both excellent slices! Joe's is cash only but there's an ATM there - and long gone are the days of the infamous $1 slices, in case you were wondering. 

Finally, from there you want to head down towards the Financial District. You could stop at the Color Factory along the way - blog here - or just continue on to the bottom of Manhattan where you'll find Battery Park (for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island), Wall Street and Ground Zero. More info about what you can do in FiDI can be found here and here

Definitely something I highly recommend you do if you're ever in NYC! x

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