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Free tour

Quintessential High Line Walk with a Food Finish

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 29, 2024

I am a professional wedding celebrant who has officiated weddings all over New York City, and in many other cities. Now, I also do walking tours, as a Licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide. I love meeting new people, walking around and sharing my knowledge of NYC. I've lived in NYC since 1992. I have traveled all over Europe and done walking tours in many cities. I refer to my tours as 'Christerical Tours' because I like to keep them fun. I'm also involved with the Guides Association of NY and with Big Apple Greeter.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

The High Line is an oasis of fresh air, a pathway combining nature-bathing and architectural artistry. The area above it, below it and around it has flourished with its popularity. No visit to NYC is complete without a stroll along its fascinating zigs and zags.

We begin at Hudson Yards, a part of Manhattan so new, it still has that new tourist-draw smell. We'll pass the Vessel and The Shed, then we'll stroll the High Line to its very end at Gansevoort Street, where we'll all learn how to pronounce 'Gansevoort.'

Then we'll do a little stroll through the meatpacking district until we reach Chelsea Market, where I'll leave you to explore their many food stalls.

NYC is a chaotic, fast-paced, busy place, with few opportunities to stop, slow down the world and lower your blood pressure. The High Line is one of the few places in NYC that is good for your heart. I love taking visitors here. I think you'll love it too.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    W 33rd St & Hudson Yards, New York, N...
    W 33rd St & Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001, USA
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    I will be at the corner of West 33rd Street and Hudson Boulevard East (near the 7 train stop at Hudson Yards.) I'll probably be wearing my signature colorful hat.

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    Outside visit
    Hudson Yards

    Hudson Yards is a massively transformed neighborhood on Manhattan's west side, and a great place to spend money, whether you're buying a condo, a designer suit or a fancy espresso. The 7 train was expanded here. It has a massive and darkly tragic modern art installation (The Vessel). It has shiny buildings and a flexible performance space. It has a mall with air-conditioning.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    The Vessel

    The Vessel is a $200 Million climbing structure, a honeycomb structure perfect for climb-strolling (for ambulatory people only -- NOT ADA compliant.) It's a great backdrop for photos, currently under construction after some tragic events.

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    Outside visit
    The High Line

    The High Line is one of NYC's gems. It's a 1.45 mile-long elevated park above Manhattan's west side, sneaking above and even through buildings from 34th street all the way down to Gansevoort St. A dedicated volunteer crew maintains the plant life found throughout the walk and growing naturally in the cracks and crevices of what used to be an elevated commercial rail track.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    The Standard Hotel

    A fancy hotel on the Highline - the path literally cuts through and under the hotel.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The tour does not go inside the Whitney - you'd need several hours and tickets on your own to do that. We do pass by this relatively new version of the Whitney Museum.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Little Island

    Little Island is an artificial island atop the former Pier 55, at West 13th street and the Hudson River. It's a bizarre art piece, a respite from the city, with easy-rolling pathways leading up to great views. It also has a few concession stands and an amphitheater where performances take place.

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    Outside visit
    Pier 57 Rooftop Park

    Pier 57 is an indoor food and shopping complex with a scenic roof garden that opened to the public in April 2023. This is where our tour will end -- the air conditioned food court has several eating and drinking options for you before you embark on your next NYC adventure.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 2 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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