The High Line#14 in Best Things To Do in New York City
Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations, a handful of food vendors and a sprawling picnic and sunbathing area (known as the 23rd Street Lawn).
Recent visitors recommend escaping to the High Line when you need a break from the city's hustle and bustle. Many say on a sunny day this is one of the best ways to take in the views of Manhattan, calling it "urban oasis."
The High Line is split into three sections, with multiple easily accessible entrance points. The first section extends from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The following section stretches all the way to West 30th Street. And the third installment runs from West 30th to West 34th Street. You can reach the High Line via the L, A, C or E trains to 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the 1, 2 or 3 train to 14th Street and 7th Avenue, or the 1 train to 18th or 23rd street. Access to the High Line is free. Hours vary by season, but it's typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 or 11 p.m. in the spring, summer and fall. Visit the official website for further details and info on current events.
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#1 Central Park
This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.
“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden."
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