The James supports an active, healthy lifestyle through our Urban Wellness Program, and High Line Park, located less than two miles from The James New York, is one of our favorite places to relax, recharge and find inspiration. A series of unique and beautifully designed and landscaped green spaces, the High Line is 1.45 miles long and runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. It also offers an array of activities to engage visitors and locals alike. Here are the top five reasons why we love it:

#1.  Because when something outlives its purpose and then finds a beautiful new life, it’s uplifting.

In 2006, work began to transform a no longer used section of Manhattan’s elevated railroad tracks, which had become dilapidated and overgrown, into High Line Park. The park did more than add beautiful and unique green spaces to the existing structure and path of the rails, it actually set in motion a revitalization of the whole Chelsea area. If you visit the High Line during lunchtime, you’ll find local office workers enjoying a break outside, above the city streets. Grab lunch from Chelsea Market right downstairs, or one of the many local food stands along the walking path, and join them.

#2.  Because it’s a haven for local plants and species.

Almost half of the park’s plants (210 species) are native to New York. Park programs include various guided tours to teach children and adults about the park’s perennials, grasses and trees and the pollinators and local and migratory birds that are also part of the park’s ecosystem. Birds you can regularly find in the park include house sparrows, mourning doves, northern mockingbirds and two kinds of falcons, both peregrines and the smaller American kestrels.

#3.  Because on a clear night, you can see the stars.

Every Tuesday, August through October, the High Line offers Stargazing. The Amateur Astronomers Association provides telescopes and an opportunity to ask experts about what you are seeing in the sky.

#4. Because it offers the inspiration of art as well as nature.

High Line Art is a thriving program that commissions and produces exhibitions, performances (many designed to involve Park visitors), video programs and billboards in and around the park. View a description of current exhibits and a map of their placement within the High Line.

A new jewel of the High Line is The Whitney Museum of American Art. Their collections of modern and contemporary art now have a bright, airy home in a new building that anchors the High Line’s southern tip.

#5. Because this list of 5 reasons could easily be 20.

From introductory Tai Chi classes and morning meditation sessions to a weekly Latin Dance Party, the High Line really has something for everyone. To learn more, or to find ways to support the High Line, visit www.thehighline.org.

Book a stay at The James New York and make it base camp for your High Line adventures.

 

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