|The south entrance of the High Line. Just to the left of this image is the site planned for the Whitney Museum's second home.|
|The entrance to the Standard Hotel|
|Looking south, with the High Line above and curving in the distance|
View Under the High Line: Art, Food, Cars, and Theology in a larger map
The embedded map gives some clue as to the types of activity below. With the return of nice weather, stopping for a drink in the Standard Hotel's open air Biergarten immediately underneath the High Line gives a good sense of the creative potential for this sort of space. If you're walking on the High Line and you've wondered about the groovy bright yellow picnic tables below near W. 13th Street and Washington Street, those are the seats in front of the lobby of the Standard Hotel, the modern glass structure that straddles the trail.
The Standard Grill is also quite good, as are several restaurants near the High Line - Morimoto, Del Posto, Cookshop, and Moran's, among them. Several designers have shops near the High Line, including Diane Von Furstenberg Studio and Stella Mc Cartney. The interior world of the vast Chelsea Market between W. 15th and W. 16th Street is always worth visiting, or consider taking lunch or dinner at the gorgeous Morimoto, designed for the Iron Chef by Tadao Ando.
The Kitchen at 512 West 19th Street is not what it sounds like, but much better - one of the great interdisciplinary arts organizations in the city. The Kitchen, in turn, serves, as a lead-in to the Chelsea gallery district, with David Zwirner's gallery down the street. Across the street from Clement Clarke Moore Park at W. 21st St.on 10th Avenue, look for the Guardian Angel Church, a Romanesque Revival building from the 1930s, or go west and explore the General Theological Seminary.
|The High Line takes a turn.|
Note: Shifting the map into Google Street View can be unsettling, because the Google StreetView truck cruised through the area before the High Line was even open. Some of the places mentioned above don't exist in this virtual city. You are welcome to try it, but it will mess with your head.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from April 10, 2010.
Walking the Rails Above Death Avenue: High Noon for the High Line (June 9, 2009)
An Art Walk for a Chelsea Afternoon, and Places to Stay for the Night (September 17, 2009)