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The High Line Elevated Park, Part II: day hike in NYC

This is our "follow-up" visit. The 2nd section of the High Line has opened since our first visit http://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/17341698/ , and we will not be visiting Governor's Island.

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, had been completed by our first visit, Section Three, north of 30th Street, is currently in the planning stages, and Section Two, from 20th to 30th Streets, opened during the course of this past year. 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 will be leaving on the 9:30am Megabus (about a block west of 30th Street station on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, under the "Drexel" railroad bridge overpass), arriving in NYC at 11:30am, at 7th Avenue & 28th Street, close to the northern end of the High Line (the part we haven't seen yet). I have booked my return ticket for 5:40pm (the stop is at 41st Street between 8th & 9th Avenues, near the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus terminal): this should give us more time than we need. We will probably also check out the Hudson River Greenway, and have a late lunch/early supper together before heading back to Philly. (You are of course free to make your own plans if you wish to stay longer or leave earlier.) I have chosen Megabus in part because they are "double-decker" and thus have more seats than Boltbus or Greyhound. You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements/reservations; there are no walk-up tickets for either Megabus or Boltbus. You can make reservations with Megabus here: https://us.megabus.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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  • Teresa S.

    Thanks Jed, It was a beautiful day with great company in an original venue... perfect.

    June 25, 2012

  • Will B.

    Great company! Jed is excellent leader. Looking foward to next meetup.

    June 24, 2012

  • Mark D A.

    The Hi Line trip was amazing - I had a great time! Many thanks to Jed for all of his efforts. Everthing was perfect - transportation, weather, food and most of all the company and conversation! I am looking forward to the next event!

    June 24, 2012

  • Janet

    Had a great time at this hike. Nice group of people and gorgeous day. Jed did a fabulous job planning a nice hike along the Hi-Line and Hudson River.

    June 24, 2012

  • Lutfiyah

    Nice walk and company! Let me know if you would like me to remove any pictures which you are in. This is a public site, and I would completely understand.

    June 24, 2012

  • Lutfiyah

    Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow. I am taking the earlier bus and will wait for yours to arrive!

    June 22, 2012

  • Jed M.

    Teresa: just (please) change your RSVP to say "+1 guest".
    Thanks!

    June 18, 2012

  • Teresa S.

    I hope it's OK if I bring a friend.

    June 18, 2012

  • Jed M.

    This is meant to be a leisurely walk exploring lower Manhattan focusing on The High Line (about a mile of it is open, but it's quite lush & worth slowing down for & there will also probably be quite a few other people on it), likely walking along the Hudson River Greenway for our return. Plan on a minimum or 2 hours on your feet, perhaps as much as 3 & a 1/2 (lots of opportunities to sit down along the way), which would still leave us about 2 hours for supper before the 5:40 bus back to Philly.

    June 12, 2012

  • Jed M.

    Yes, we'll be meeting around 9am for the 9:30am bus: they ask that you get there 15 minutes before departure, so I'm trying to make sure we all make it.

    June 12, 2012

  • Will B.

    I would join the two above comments: how long will we be hiking?

    June 12, 2012

  • bonnie

    so we are meeting at 9, but taking the 9:30 megabus? And how many hours is the hike?

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long will the walk be? Will we be staying in NYC for the evening and if so what is the plan?

    June 7, 2012

  • Jed M.

    thanks Janet & Aldo: I will be researching this issue & options tomorrow

    June 6, 2012

  • Aldo

    Thinking of attending... will decide soon. In the mean time thought you should know that NYC shut down many of the Chintown bus companies recently (read article in NY Times) due to unsafe conditions... might be good idea to check into this or switch to Bolt or Mega Bus.

    June 6, 2012

  • Janet

    There was an article on philly.com that a lot of the Chinatown buses between Philly and NYC were shut down by the US DOT due to safety concerns. Another alternative would be Megabus or Bolt Bus which are right behind 30th St Station. The Saturday morning buses can get filled up quickly but usually it is easy to get a ticket on Friday. I took Megabus to/from NYC without a problem and have taken it multiple times to/from DC without an issue either.

    June 1, 2012

  • Janet

    Thanks for scheduling this...I have wanted to check out this park. Bummed that I missed round 1.

    May 30, 2012

  • Jed M.

    ...not all of our event hosts may be able to attend...

    May 1, 2012

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