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Urban Walks: NYC’s High Line to Chelsea Market

A few months ago, my husband and I spent a wonderful weekend without the kids in New York City. Although it had just snowed there and the weather was colder than at home in Minneapolis, we had a fantastic time exploring the amazing different neighborhoods, restaurants and culture of the Big Apple.

One place I’d heard about that I desperately wanted to see was the High Line. I’d read about it in a travel magazine on an airplane months ago and thought it sounded like a really interesting concept. The High Line is a 1.45 mile-long elevated park built on an old railroad line called the West Side Line. Jetting high above the city, beginning in Hell’s Kitchen and traversing through Chelsea Market and other neighborhoods, this tree-lined urban walkway is rather amazing.

Street Art NYC

Despite the rainy cool weather, my husband and I grabbed our umbrella and our hats and began walking from our hotel in Central Park towards Hell’s Kitchen. There were plenty of unique shops, restaurants and cafes along the way (yet I was stunned to notice that there was a Starbucks on almost every block!) and we took our time wandering.

I love New York City as I’m constantly seeing something new, interesting or different. People watching is one of my favorite pastimes and there is no better place to people watch than in a huge, urban jungle like New York. Despite the terrible weather, everyone was outside enjoying the day and even the High Line trail was busy.

It was late March and there was really no sign of spring at all. Not even a single bud. Yet the photos of the High Line came out rather cool despite the lack of greenery that I can imagine explodes in the summer.

With map in hand, we found the High Line and climbed up the steps to get a bird’s eye view of the city. I had never seen anything like it before. It is pretty cool.

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

There are still some reminders of the trail line that used to pass through here. For some reason, I liked how they left the tracks there beneath the shrubs.

High Line NYC

High Line NYCIt is also not cheap to live next to the High Line. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the cost of a new condo unit going up along the trail!

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

High Line NYC

Finally we reached Chelsea Market and it was good timing because it started to pour rain. It was time to head inside to one of New York City’s finest indoor markets and see what other goodies they had in store for us.

High Line NYC

It was pretty cool! If only we had more time and didn’t already have dinner plans.

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Chelsea Market NYC

Perhaps I got a little carried away with taking photos but in my opinion New York City is a photographer’s dream. It is also a wonderful place for foodies. Every meal we had was heaven.

IMG_1058Getting there:

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

For more information as well as a map, click here. 

33 comments

  1. I love the High Line and the Chelsea market. I was there last year about the same time as you and my photos look much the same. I absolutely love New York…can’t wait to go back.

    • I love NYC. There is always so much to explore, it is endless. I can’t wait to go back too! This fall I will be there a few times.

  2. So happy you blogged this. We missed it on our trip to New York at the beginning of the year. Now I’ve been thanks to you. Best wishes 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes it is super cool. I am going to check it out when I go back in the fall as I bet it will look quite different with leaves!

  3. Ohh you got such great photos!! I did the same thing (High Line + Chelsea Market) when I was there in January, and it was such a fun day! beautifully captured 🙂

  4. The High Line is a wonderful concept, and I agree about the rails under the shrubs. I don’t know anything about the neighborhoods of New York, but it would be nice if rich people didn’t have to make everything nice theirs. I’ll bet there are many parts of the city that would love to have something beautiful in their area.
    Very interesting post! Thanks.

    • Thanks for the comment Marilyn! The High Line actually is not necessarily a rich neighborhood. It is near the Meatpacking district and runs through Hells Kitchen, Chelsea and other diverse parts of the city. I have found a lot of diversity in people and economics in the city. There can be multimillion dollars condos next to rent controlled places or run down warehouses. That is the beauty of it! 😊

  5. Hi! I’m from Minnesota as well and I am thinking about doing Linguistics and International Relations major! Is that how you get to travel so much? For your job? I’ve been traveling for the past year (mostly Asia) But I definitely want to continue, just not in the way I have been (modeling). I really enjoy learning about cultures and new languages and I’m really interested in all of that stuff. Just a little worried to settle down a few years and end up not traveling after I graduate. Any advice?

    • Hmm great questions! I guess if you love to travel and find a partner in life who either loves to travel or supports you with your desires to travel, then you never really will stop. That is how I have been. The world is really becoming a global place and the opportunities for young people today are amazing. I’m sure you will discover the right path. Follow your dreams and never stop! 🙂

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