Things to do near the High Line.
We already know that the High Line is one more reason to love New York. Beginning at Gansevoort Street and extending to West 30th Street, this elevated park revitalized an abandoned freight line and turned it into one of New York’s most innovative public green spaces. You could spend a day walking the High Line and soaking up the views and the gorgeous landscape design, or just people-watching, and that never gets boring in NYC. But, go beyond, and you’ll realize all there is to do nearby. I say, make a day of it. While you’re in the neighborhood, take advantage of these 10 things to do near the High Line.
Visit the Whitney Museum.
The Upper East Side location closed in 2014 and the stunning Renzo Piano structure opened the following year. Featuring a vast collection of American art from the 20th and 21st century, The Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort St) is within a quick walk of the High Line and makes for a fantastic afternoon of culture in the city.
Be cool (and shop) in the Meatpacking District.
It’s hip and cool, and yes, some of New York’s most stylish hang out here. After you tour the Whitney, meander the cobblestone streets of one of Manhattan’s trendiest districts. Browse shops like DVF, Bond No 9, and rag & bone, and splurge on something special. You deserve it.
Hang out at The Park.
This Asian-themed bar-meets-restaurant boasts a glass-covered garden with a view of the High Line. You’ll feel as if you’ve left New York as soon as you step inside. The interior of The Park (118 10th Ave) – with its greenery and bamboo – resembles the rainforest, or a really awesome garden.
Explore the far West Village.
One of the quietest pockets of Manhattan, the far West Village is a treasure trove of historic townhouses, unique shops, and amazing restaurants. Wander west of Eighth Avenue on streets like Jane, Charles, and Bank and immerse yourself in one of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Bring your camera.
Eat brunch at Cookshop.
If dishes like huevos ranchero, cornmeal pancakes, and cheddar grits paired with a bloody Mary or some other brunchy concoction sound good to you, head to Cookshop (156 10th Ave) for a comforting mid-day meal. Afterward, burn those calories walking the High Line so you don’t feel so guilty.
Have a cocktail at Hotel Americano.
This West Chelsea Hotel lies mere steps from the High Line, so it’s a perfect place for drinks. Serving craft cocktails and Mexican eats, rooftop bar La Piscine is open year round. In summer, you can purchase a day pass for the pool and and catch some rays while you sip. The chic lobby bar at Hotel Americano (518 W 27th St) is a laid-back space, ideal for relaxing with a beverage in hand. Try the Americano Fizz (gin, ginger beer, lemon, nutmeg).
Chug brews at The Standard Biergarten.
If you’re a beer lover who loves a downtown vibe, then slug a few brews before or after you walk the High Line. The street-level garden is open all year too – it’s open-air in warm weather and glass-enclosed in cooler temps. Pretzels, sausage, and other German fare are par for the course at The Standard Biergarten (848 Washington St). Yum.
Check out the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).
You’ll have to trek about 10 minutes east to reach this museum, but for fashionistas, it’s worth it. Style-centric exhibits rotate inside the Museum at FIT (227 W 27th St), which also holds events like talks with top designers. Catch a dose of inspiration when you visit what’s been labeled “the most fashionable museum in New York City.” I’d have to agree.
Spend time at Chelsea Piers.
Hit the driving range, go bowling, rock climbing, shoot some hoops, or take a barre class (if you start now you might have that beach body by next summer). Chelsea Piers provides fun and sporty activities that will suit anyone’s tastes and skill level in a state-of-the-art facility along the Hudson River.
Shop at Chelsea Market.
Whether you’re a foodie who loves to dine or a home cook who appreciates the freshest ingredients, set aside a few hours to peruse Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave), which will seem like edible heaven. From tasty tacos to freshly steamed lobster to artisanal gelato, the shopping mall slash gourmet food hall purveys every food imaginable. There’s also an Artists & Fleas, and an Anthropologie outpost. Swoon!
La Piscine at Hotel Americano photo via the hotel. Chelsea Market photo by Lambert P. via Yelp.
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