High Line Tour - Private

3 Hours
Private Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $360 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)

High Line Tour - Private

3 Hours
Private Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $360 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)

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      High Line Tour - Private

      New York, New York, USA
      From (USD) $360 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)
      • 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.
      • Your group, your tour: This private experience lets you set the departure time and adapt to your party's preference. Plus, build a real rapport with your in-the-know docent.
      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.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Bring money Bring money
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Bring water Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      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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