What do you do with an antiquated elevated rail line where freight cars once rolled into buildings and warehouses? In the case of the “High Line” along West Side, an inspired initiative has turned it into one of the most captivating parks in the world!
On this great walking tour you’ll not only enjoy the attractions of High Line Park – pleasant promenades, expansive views, lush natural plantings and commissioned artwork – but also explore the colorful history of the surrounding meatpacking district and its striking architecture, both vintage and modern.
The walk is packed with fascinating facts and interesting experiences. For example, you’ll learn how the best-selling Oreo sandwich cookie was invented at the former Nabisco plant and visit the Collier Publishing Building, home of Collier’s, the magazine specializing in investigative journalism.
The surprisingly bloody history of 10th Avenue, also known as “Death Avenue”, and the legends of the 10th Avenue Cowboys will also be revealed. And you’ll see Pier 59, the intended docking spot of the Titanic, and White Star Pier, where the survivors of the disaster disembarked.
Your amazing New York High Line Park Walking Tour starts when you meet your guide in front of the Diner at 44 9th Avenue and 14th Street.
You’ll discover the historic meatpacking district, an area that went from desirable neighborhood to industrial development in the 18th century, and then declined in the 1960s. The 1970s saw the rise of gay discos and clubs, as well as prostitution and drug use. By the late 1990s, though, the area was transformed and became one of the city's trendiest venues, complete with boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs.
At the former Nabisco plant, in what is now west Chelsea, you’ll learn how the Oreo cookie was invented and relive the heyday of American baking.
You’ll also visit the Collier Publishing Building, where the magazine Collier’s Weekly got its start in the late 1880s. Founded by Peter Collier, a pioneer in investigative journalism, the magazine became a proponent of social reform. In April 1905, Upton Sinclair’s article on the infamous meatpacking in Chicago persuaded the Senate to pass the 1906 Meat Inspection Act. The magazine ceased publication in 1957 but was re-launched in 2012.
Discover how 10th Avenue became known as “Death Avenue”. In the past, this street had grade-level railroad lines. Trains were sometimes several blocks long, interfering with crossing traffic, and pedestrian deaths were fairly common. In the 19th century, a “Tenth Avenue Cowboy” was paid to ride a horse and warn people of an approaching street running train. In 1929, an agreement was reached to build an elevated system, what is now the High Line, and in 1941, the train service finally ended.
Enjoy a bird's-eye views of the Hudson River and the Chelsea Piers. Here you’ll see Pier 59, the intended docking spot of the Titanic, and White Star Pier, where the survivors of Titanic disembarked. Pier 59 is now home to a complex that includes film and television production facilities, a health club, a day spa and several sports facilities.
You’ll marvel at High Line Park, a 1-mile linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur. Recycling of the railway into an urban park has spurred real estate development in the neighborhoods which lie along the line. The park has tough, drought-tolerant wild grasses, shrubs, and rugged trees, such as sumac, that have sprung up in the gravel along the abandoned railway.
Your tour ends in High Line Park and you can then make your way back to your accommodation or proceed to your next destination.
Start time: 10:00am
Duration: 2 hours
Tour starts in front of the "Diner" 44 9th Avenue and 14 st., New York, NY
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.
The tour ends at High Line Park.
Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
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