The High Line New York Section 2 Opens

New Yorkers lounging in the grass on the High Line section 2 park in New York.

The High Line New York opened its hugely anticipated half-mile extension this week, giving us all 10 more blocks of glorious beloved  High Line goodness, including a lovely new lawn, pictured above! We were fortunate enough to get an early afternoon viewing yesterday, and are pleased to report that the extension is every bit as spectacular as the original. Maybe even more so. Now running all the way from Gansevoort to 30th Streets, the High Line NYC continues to totally transform this once-neglected part of Manhattan, beautifully mixing the old with the new, and delighting both the locals and literally millions of visitors from all over the city and around the world. 

Fun with the Friend with You Rainbow City installation on the High Line section 2 park in Chelsea NYC

Anyway here's a quick tour of some of our favorite High Line section 2 features, starting at 20th Street and heading north all the way to Rainbow City, a bright and bouncy 40-piece installation (picture above) by the great Friends With You crew, AND Chef Tom Coliccho's beer garden and food-truck hangout, The Lot on Tap. Clearly, there's a ton of great stuff going on in west Chelsea, so let's get right to the highlights….      


People walking on the High Line park in New York City.

The High Line New York, section 2 begins at 20th Street, and looks very much like the High Line, section 1.


Bird feeder sculpture along the High Line elevated park in NY

Soon, however, new things start to pop-up on the New York  High Line park, like this cool sculpture/bird feeder, a pair of which flank the pathway. 


A view from a park bench on the High Line section 2 in Chelsea NYC

If anything, the High Line section 2 has more seating than the original section, including these familiar benches.  


Walking along the cityscape on the High Line New York.

The so-called Chelsea Thicket. Really great how they kept the tracks in the pathway, but this might get a little cramped, and the going a little slow, during peak hours, which'll be MOST hours for a while now. 


Popsicle stand vendor smiles from the High Line section 2 park in New York City.

At 23rd Street, an oasis of cool refreshing sweetness on a super hot day: La Newyorkina popsicle stand, featuring freshly-made gourmet Mexican ice pops in flavors like Coconut, Horchata, Raspberry, and Cucumber Lime. These are excellent, by the way. 


Girls relax on the High Line park bleachers in the newly opened section 2 in New York's Manhattan.

The High Line NYC  bleachers, as the park widens. 


Crowds walk, sun-bathe, sit and lounge on the High Line in section 2 of the park in NYC.

More seating in this area, below the historic REVS/COST tags.   


Sun and a bright green lawn along the High Line park in NY.

The lush and lovely High Line section 2 lawn, probably the section we were most excited about seeing, and it's even better looking, and more comfortable, than we imagined. And because it's elevated, you can get some great views. 


People enjoying the lawn and architecture along the High Line section 2 in New York City.

More lawn. 


An elevated walkway with grass and views of New York City are enjoyed by many people on a sunny day.

As you stroll the New York High Line park  you walk right past lots of interesting architecture, both classic and contemporary. 


A factory building is right up against the High Line park in NYC.

This hulking factory, for instance, is pressed right up against the High Line, which not only looks really cool, it also gives the pathway some shade. 


Park benches among the tops of trees from the elevated High Line park in Manhattan.

We love these little "spurs" with benches, which were mostly in the High Line 2's Flyover zone, where the walkway rises above the trees and plantings below.     


View of a Manhattan street from the High Line park bleechers.

At 26th Street, a place to sit and gaze out onto the city below. 


Benches line the walkway of the High Line section 2 park in NYC.

Finally, the High Line New York ends with this beautiful, long, curving bench. We are smitten all over again. So great, the High Line section 2. All of it. 


A collection of colorful inflatable objects from Friend with You, Rainbow City installtion on the High Line in NYC.

And from now through July 5th, the great collective Friend With You offers the 40-piece installation Rainbow City, right at the northern terminus of the High Line, and it's almost ridiculously grin-inducing, for both kids and grown-ups. 


The Rainbow City "Gift Box" on the High Line park in New York City.

The Rainbow City "Gift Box". 


Kids bounce inside the Rainbow City bouncy mushroom open on the High Line park in NYC.

Inside the Rainbow City Bouncy Mushroom. "The kids" loved this. 


Picnic tables in front of Chef  Tom Colicchio's The Lot on Tap on the High Line section 2 park in NY.

Here's top Chef Tom Colicchio's The Lot on Tap, a beer garden with a pair of lengthy bars and tons of niftily-angled seating. Also on hand: food trucks such as the Taco Truck and the folks from the Red Lobster Pound. Expect huge crowds. 

The Cool Haus truck if ice cream delights for visitors to the High Line park section 2 NYC.

And after all that, get yourself one of the best ice cream sandwiches in the city from the Cool Haus truck.


The High Line 2, Rainbow City, and Tom Colicchio's The Lot on Tap details 

The High Line New York runs between 20th and 30th Streets, basically following 10th Avenue, and is open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. every day. Rainbow City by Friends With You is located at 30th Street and 10th Avenue, and is open (and free) on Monday to Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., on Thursday and Friday from 11:00 11:00 p.m., on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00, and on Sunday from 8:00 until 10:00. The Lot on Tap is open on Sunday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Thursday through Saturday until 11:00 p.m. For more information about everything, please see the High Line website, here


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