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The High Line Elevated Park, & Governors Island: day hike in NYC

One of the recent trends in sustainability is giving industrial features such as canal towpaths and railroad lines second lives as recreational paths.  Perhaps one of the most unique examples of this is New York City's High Line, formerly a freight railroad running through lower and mid-town Manhattan, running directly through the 2nd and 3rd floors of numerous warehouses and factories, and now a lush landscaped testament to modern urban planning.  This revitalizing/repurposing process is ongoing: Section One, from Gansevoort to 20th Street, has been completed, Section Three, north of 30th Street, is currently in the planning stages, and Section Two, from 20th to 30th Streets, will be opening during the course of this year: I am unclear as to exactly how much of it will be open for our visit June 4th, but you can check out the maps under the "About" link on their website, and well as look into the history, find out about ways to get involved, and more. 

We are also planning on checking out Governors Island (a quick ferry ride from Manhattan), Battery Park, and the Hudson River Greenway.  (More details will be posted as we work them out, but expect a little improvisation once we get there.)  The 9:30am Chinatown bus will have us into New York (86 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002) around 11:30am, and we will plan on wrapping up our walk by around 3:30 in the afternoon, leaving the evening for other activities (I am planning on meeting some old college friends).  The Chinatown bus runs at least once per hour (and mostly twice) from early morning to late night in both directions between Philadelphia and New York City.  Buying tickets ($20 roundtrip, $12 one-way) at the last minute is nearly always an option, but you can pre-purchase online ahead of time if you wish: www.2000coach.com is their website (you may be re-directed to www.2001bus.com).

This is obviously an exception to our "local" model, but I believe that a number of you will find this idea as exciting as I do, and worth a little extra planning and effort.

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  • Jed M.

    A great event, but a bit ambitious. It took us about twice as long as we were planning. If & when we do something similar again, we will likely do The High Line and nearby Hudson River Park, but not Governors Island.

    June 5, 2011

  • Joyce

    What a wonderful walk. Everything took a bit longer than expected, but it all turned out quite well. The highlight for me was the High Line. Have to go back and do that again.

    June 5, 2011

  • Rei

    I like the 55 min. option as well!

    June 2, 2011

  • Mark F.

    I vote for the 55 minute option. I want to enjoy my visit to the idland.

    June 2, 2011

  • Jed M.

    86 Allen Street, NYC (Chinatown bus). We won't be able to catch the 12noon ferry, but I would like to start walking by 11:40am to be sure of catching the 12:30pm ferry. You could probably join us at the ferry stop. Question for folks, though: would you rather spend 25 minutes to look around a little bit at the north end of Governors Island, or 55 minutes & walk around the whole island *&* explore the north end? The latter option would have us back at Battery Park a little a after 1:30pm.

    June 2, 2011

  • Joyce

    My friend Abby and I will be joining but we need to meet you in New York. Where should we find you? My phone is[masked]

    June 2, 2011

  • Dena S.

    The ferry to and from Battery Park -Governor's Island is free. The schedule indicates that it runs once every 30 minutes.

    June 1, 2011

  • Dena S.

    I'll bring my subway map, to help us navigate.

    May 25, 2011

  • Jed M.

    googlemaps estimates 40 minutes from Chinatown bus (86 Allen Street, NY, NY) to Governors Island. The Island is about a mile long; I estimate that we will return to Manhattan/Battery Park by about 1pm. The walk north (Hudson River Greenway/Manhattan's west side) takes about 75 minutes to the High Line (2:15pm). The section definitely open (to 20th Street) will take perhaps 25 minutes one-way. I'll research transit options for return to Chinatown when I get a chance.

    May 23, 2011

  • Jed M.

    just to clarify: we will be leaving Philly on the 9:30am Chinatown bus. Even if you buy your ticket online ahead of time, you will need to have your ticket validated at the ticket counter by presenting valid photo ID. If you buy your ticket at the last minute (at the ticket counter), please have cash available to do so.

    May 23, 2011

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