New York City Highline

New York, New York Guide (A): New York City Highline

The New York City Highline tour takes you through the artistic neighborhood of Chelsea with a stop at the Hotel Chelsea for a murder mystery! The tour continues on through the charming historical district of Chelsea and on to the Highline. From the Highline you will step off into the Meatpacking District, which has a bloody past. The tour ends at Chelsea Market, home to an interesting history of the changes in the food industry.
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Guide Name: New York City Highline
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Hotel Chelsea   Chelsea Historical District – Cushman Row   Highline   IAC Building by Frank Gehry   The Standard Hotel   Meatpacking District   Pastis   Chelsea Market  
Author: Monica Goslin
Author Bio: Monica Goslin graduated from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland with a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Literature. Ms.Goslin has traveled extensively in Europe, taking countless photographs in hopes of capturing a sense of place. Monica also has an on-line store, The Monica Store, selling her photographs as cards, posters, books, and a travel blog with stories, travel tips, and photos.
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Hotel Chelsea

1) Hotel Chelsea

The Hotel Chelsea is famous for the guests it attracted from artists to poets to movie stars and rock stars. Bob Dylan wrote songs in a room at the hotel and the list goes on to include Jimi Hendrix, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Jasper Johns, Patti Smith and more recently Madonna, Uma Thurman, and more. The Hotel Chelsea is also noted as the place where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was murdered (probably you want to avoid that room upon making a reservation)....
Chelsea Historical District – Cushman Row

2) Chelsea Historical District – Cushman Row

Chelsea is an eclectic neighborhood on the west side of New York City that stands at the center of the art scene with hundreds of art galleries. The art galleries range from photographs to sculptures and for those interested in contemporary art it will be a treasure trove of talent. However, if you are more amused by contemporary art you are likely to get a good laugh, although beware that your humor might not match those around you. There are entire warehouses where you will find a maze of...

3) Highline

There used to be a train track on the west side of New York City that ran above ground and was used in the 1930’s for freight trains for all of the warehouses on the West Side. And while that line no longer runs the tracks are still in place. After much anticipation and of course the occasional debate, the old train tracks are now an elevated park and walkway called the Highline, which opened in June 2009. From West 20th Street down to Gansevoort Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) you can...
IAC Building by Frank Gehry

4) IAC Building by Frank Gehry

The InterActive Corp (IAC) building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood can been seen from the Highline, this building was designed by Frank Gehry, known mostly for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The IAC building is another spectacular work by Frank Gehry, completed in 2007, with a distinguished façade that gives an appearance of an iceberg on the edge of the city. The façade is entirely made of glass that was fabricated in Italy...
The Standard Hotel

5) The Standard Hotel

The Standard Hotel looms above The Highline, which passes right underneath the hotel. The Standard opened in 2008 and now stands as a recognizable building in the area; although, perhaps some see it as more of a new scar. The Standard’s façade is grey and the large windows with floor to ceiling curtains, which are often at all different positions, make the hotel a rather messy and gloomy block looming above the Highline. The hotel has 18 floors with 337 rooms ranging from 295 dollars a night...
Meatpacking District

6) Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District is a small triangular section just below Chelsea. The Meatpacking district has, like most neighborhoods in the city, undergone many changes. In the 1900’s there were over 200 slaughterhouses in the district, and while there are not nearly as many today you can still catch sight of carcasses if wandering around the area during the week (so a word of warning to the squeamish and vegetarians! This is perhaps not the best area to take children unless you are willing to...

7) Pastis

Pastis, a French bistro in New York City’s Meat Packing District. Featured in “Sex and the City” and other shows, and movies of course, this restaurant is a place to see and be seen. Pastis was started by Keith McNally in 1999. McNally came to New York in 1975 from London. Pastis is actually at the end of a long line of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries that McNally opened in the 1980’s and have become “must go to” places including Balthazar Restaurant in SoHo (80 Spring Street). For...
Chelsea Market

8) Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is where this tour ends so you will be able to rest your feet, find a scrumptious morsel or quench your thirst. The location was once home to the National Biscuit Company in the 1890’s. The company built the building in the Romanesque-style and included six stories of bakeries that eventually made half of the biscuits in the United States! The company acquired many of the surrounding buildings and property, including the old American Can Company building, which they attached a...

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