High Line Tour - Group
New York, New York, USA
- Meatpacking District: These meandering streets give a glimpse back through time, to a period when the city lay at the crossroads of American commerce.
- High Line Park: Recently, the conservation of the old, steel railway that runs overhead helped reinvent the area into a cool destination with upscale restaurants and boutiques.
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Be enlightened by a Ph.D.- or MA-level expert in urban or architectural history.
About This New York Tour
Prepare for an in-depth, one and a half mile journey into how the Meatpacking District and High Line were rescued from the dustbin of history. Trace New York City's Industrial Age from the 1840s to the 1940s to today, putting the contemporary scene you see now straight into context. Begin by examining the rise of the meatpacking industry, industrial innovation, and urban planning in this part of Manhattan.
Still evident in this neighborhood are architectural remnants of commerce and stunning details. Admire the predominant brick facades, aesthetic reign of certain architects, use of metal canopies, and, of course, wonderful Belgian block paving visible on most streets. Discover how the meatpacking industry declined – along with the Hudson waterfront – with the surge of containerized shipping, as well as the innovative preservation work that later made the area one of the hottest locales on the island.
Visit the High Line, a former elevated freight railroad, built in 1933 by the New York Central Railroad. At that time, it was an advanced, efficient way to move freight from warehouse to trains, and avoid the recurring theft that plagued streetcar services. Businesses like Bell Laboratories and Nabisco, which ran plants and warehouses in the Meatpacking District, benefited from this greatly.
Starting in 1999, after sitting abandoned and broken for several decades, the High Line was rescued by a neighbor-formed nonprofit and converted into a stunning greenway, similar to the Promenade Plantee in Paris. Focus on the thorny political and design issues that lined its path to redemption. But conducted by architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and landscape firm Field Operations, the High Line rapidly became a beloved open space.
"A monster which has menaced them night and day"
Meatpacking District's chic resurrection shocking? Consider that the High Line originally replaced a street-level freight railroad that killed and maimed hundreds. From 1846 to 1941, with frequent accidents between trains and pedestrians, as well as other traffic, the route plenty earned its nickname: Death Avenue. Trains were even obligated to send "West Side Cowboys" ahead, riding horseback at six m.p.h., waving red warning flags.
Please make your way to the heart of the meat packing district, to The Diner, 44 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011. Look for your guide holding a sign with the tour name outside the main entrance to The Diner.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
The walk typically ends near the 30th Street exit of the High Line Park.
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors.
Plan to walk for approximately 1.5 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. The High Line is wheelchair-accessible by elevator at various points. Let us know in advance if you use a wheelchair.
Walking Tour, Cultural
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide. Strollers permitted.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a wheelchair we can accommodate you with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. It's a big city, with a lot of distance to cover and not all areas are wheelchair accessible. Contact Hello@GoBe.com
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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