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.