The High Line and Standard Hotel as seen from Washington and Gansevoort Streets
Until fall of next year, we won't be able to walk the whole thing, but the finished first section stretches all the way up to West 20th Street and that's plenty room for jogging free of traffic, sunbathing on the built-in chaise lounges, and teaching your children about wildflowers.
Right now, the only entrance is at the south end on Gansevoort Street, but guests may exit anywhere along the route. It's a 15-minute walk each way, and our video above is of us walking against the flow to head back south and underneath The Standard Hotel.
A Frank Gehry building is visible off to the left
From the High Line, the views stretch across the Hudson River to New Jersey and through Manhattan past Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel buildings to the Empire State Building. Crossing east-west streets allows for traffic watching, made all the more easy by the addition of a sunken outlook over 10th Avenue. We envision ourselves having many impromptu picnics here this summer, especially since the High Line stays open until 10pm.
The laptops are already out on the High Line
Now you ask, how can the city afford such an altruistic endeavor when the NYC subway system is beyond broke? Easyenlist big names like designer Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller to donate $10 million at a time, or throw parties with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ralph Lauren, Barbara Walters, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon to shave off smaller contributions.
Since these first few weeks of the High Line's life should be mostly tour group-free, it's likely that you might spot some of these famous faces sunning themselves with the masses. And this, friends, is why we pay what we do to live in New York City.