A few weeks ago, we wrote about one of our favorite places in the city—the High Line.
The post was slightly fueled from cabin fever (it had rained that entire week!), but mostly we were anticipating the opening of the High Line’s Phase Two, which runs from 20th Street in Chelsea north to 30th Street.
That time has finally come.
The second phase differs from the first in a few ways.
Unlike the original section of the park—which seemed to be wide open, with the exception of a few warehouses and the Standard Hotel—the new pathway seems to snake along between residential buildings, both old and new.
This gives the second phase a more intimate feel, as windows and fire escapes of buildings are within arms reach of the park’s railings.
Near 22nd Street, there is a nearly 5,000 square foot grassy lawn for visitors to lounge or picnic on.
You can also people watch on the nearby stadium seating, made from reclaimed teak wood from southeast Asian farm buildings.
There is even more seating near the end of Phase Two, where an elegant curve of teak benches extends toward the exit of the new section.
One of the biggest attractions surrounding the new section’s opening is actually below the High Line itself. The Lot at 30th Street—yes, literally a lot—currently houses food trucks and a bar, so hungry and thirsty High Line visitors won’t go without.
The former parking lot is also home to a rotating selection of public events, most of which are free.
Currently, the space is home to AOL and FriendsWithYou’s “Rainbow City.”
Described as “an urban playground,” the lot is filled with colorful (and giant!) inflatable balloons that visitors are encouraged to interact with.
The second phase has been a long time coming, so we were thrilled to finally have the chance to enjoy it. This new addition has set the bar pretty high for the third and final addition!