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High Line

Innovative urban park on old train route

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Empire State Building
The building that defined an epoch, it stood as the world's tallest for over 40 years.
Jefferson Market Library
The Village’s most eclectic and eccentric building, site of the 'Trial of the Century' in 1906.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Large collection of American art in an impressive building designed by Marcel Breuer
Hotel Chelsea
A historic hotel, home to many famous characters from the past including Jimi Hendricks and Dylan Thomas.
Chelsea Market
A food hall built inside the factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented.
Hudson Yards
The most expensive real estate development in American history, coming in at $25B, the Hudson Yards rejuvenated the entire western side of midtown.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Chelsea Market and Meat Packing Districts
Set on an old freight line, the High Line is a much-appreciated addition to New York. Created to beautify the line after disuse had led to decay, and now a symbol of sustainable hope for the area, it stretches above the bustle of Chelsea to offer a place of retreat for New Yorkers looking to relax. 

  • Begin at the infamous Chelsea Hotel, home to many different personalities of the past: Jimi Hendricks, Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and Nancy  Sturgeon, Abbey Hoffman, just to name a few
  • Enjoy views of New York and the Hudson river
  • Walk amongst skyscrapers above the ground
  •  See urban rejuvenation in action, including the new Hudson Yards development
  • Explore Chelsea Market and Meatpacking Districts

This neighborhood is booming!  Chelsea with its famous hotel, its artists, writers and musicians that called it home and often considered tangential to the “norm.”  Stroll along the tree-lined sidewalks with stops at the first Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center and the majestic General Theological Society.   Learn of the urban cowboys who corralled the herds of cattle through cow tunnels and eventually led them to the slaughterhouses.  View the former warehouses that have been replaced with upscale shops and trendy restaurants.  Take a walk along the HighLine and see how it changed into an elevated urban park.  Last stop on the adventure is the former NABISCO warehouse, now the Chelsea Market, for an experience worth remembering.

Up the Ramp and through Girders

Entering the line on 34th Street at the only place it hits street level, your guide will take you along the ramp to the main line. On the way you will go through a garden aiming to show the type of plants that had grown up along the tracks when renovation first took place. With some excellent views of the Hudson River and New Jersey, your guide will also point out places in the city, such as Penn Station. Once on the High Line itself, you can see the original framework of the supporting structure when the concrete goes to show the steel beams and girders. With a silicon floor between you and the ground below, the metal criss-crosses the pathway leaving a number of sunken spaces. 

Looking Below

After a stop to see down West 25th Street, you will have the choice to go on the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover. This pathway, stretching for three blocks detaches from the main route and lets you see above the canopy of the High Line’s trees. The path then goes through the Chelsea Thicket, a 2-block long stretch where you can walk along the original train tracks that are now embedded in the pathway. Stopping above 10th Avenue for some superb views, you can also cross that thoroughfare to the Merchants Refrigerated Warehouse. 

To the End of the Line

Passing through the Chelsea Market Passage, where a small market takes place during summer, you will be able to dip your toes in the Diller-Von Furstenberg Water Feature. The next stop will be the 14th Street Passage. This enclosed area often has a small exhibition and also shows High Line Channel 14, an alternating video series devoted to the walkway. Finally you will come to the overlook above Gansevoort Street. While the line used to go further, it was demolished in the 1990s to leave a part hanging over the street. With the Whitney Museum of American Art only next door, it is an excellent place to go down to ground level by the elevator nearby. 
Private Walking Architectural Tour of Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and Midtown
Since its founding 400 years ago New York City has been in a constant state of construction, with  the Big Apple’s iconic skyline evolving year-by-year. On your Private Architectural Tour, you will: 

  • Visit the former Nabisco factory, now legendary Chelsea Market 
  • Walk the High Line, NYC’s transformative community-run public space 
  • See America’s largest dazzling mega-project Hudson Yards
  • Walk architecturally-rich 34th Street to see iconic landmarks
  • Marvel at the Art Decor splendor of the Empire State Building
  • Learn how visionary design of Grand Central Station reshaped NYC
A spectacular array of styles span distinct historical and cultural periods that include modern engineering masterpieces, Art Deco spires, and defining monuments to gleaming towers that earned NYC the nickname of “Skyscraper National Park.”Not all of New York City's 700,000 buildings touch the clouds, and on the fascinating Private Architectural Tour of NYC you will discover lesser-known structures too. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you will visit buildings and places that are transformative, or emblematic of an era or event in the city’s history. In each place, you will learn the backstories to the Big Apple’s pioneering architecture, the people, and the politics that made it happen.

Your first stop is Chelsea Market, formerly the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory, built in the 1890s but left derelict and a magnet for prostitution and criminal activity. Redevelopment was the brainchild of Irwin Cohen who opened Chelsea Market to the public in 1997. Next, walk the High Line, New York’s innovative community-operated public park built on an old elevated rail track. During this garden stroll, see first-hand an ambitious transformation of the dilapidated railway line to public space. In sharp contrast, your next stop is Hudson Yards - America’s largest private real estate development, and a super-engineered city-within-a-city. 

Finally, walk 34th Street, Manhattan’s stretch of notable buildings that include Macy's Herald Square, Javits Center, and the 102-story Art Deco Empire State Building, which was the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years. From here we will head to 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown to historic Grand Central Station, a building that provides a compelling insight into the formidable growth, and societal transformation, of one of the world’s most celebrated cities. 
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