One Way to do New York – Brooklyn to Central Park via the Highline Walk

My wife and I arrived in New York on board Queen Mary 2 before  sailing up the Eastern seaboard  to Quebec.

This gave us just the one day in New York and we wanted to both maximise our time while taking  in one particular visit that we had read about, The Highline Walk.

Having to return on board later in the day we were classed ‘in transit’ and were therefore free to leave the ship at our earliest convenience once US clearance had been given. Indeed we were off the ship,  and cleared through US Immigration,  minutes before 7.00am.

Our intention was to use the Brooklyn Subway, which we had used on previous visits. The Carroll Street subway station…

…is approximately 20 minutes walk from the Pedestrian access gate (arrowed below)  to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Or, looking in the opposite direction…

View of QM2 from just outside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

The walk from the Cruise Terminal to Carroll Street is itself quite fascinating and gives an interesting insight to Brooklyn everyday street life.

Our route took us through Coffey Park…

…and along some typical Brooklyn streets with their decorated front gardens…

Having reached the Carroll Street subway station we joined New York’s Manhattan commuters  and by 8.00am  we were on West 14 Street enjoying a Starbucks coffee and wifi.

Suitably refreshed we then walked some six blocks  westwards, passing some fascinating buildings, as we passed through  Manhattan’s Meatpacking District,  including…

The Herring Safe & Lock Company Building,

before reaching the entrance to our intended destination for this visit, New York’s Highline Walk …

http://www.thehighline.org/

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.  It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

The Highline walk is very easy to find and has nine access points, four of which have disabled facilities.

Highline Walk Northern sector

Highline Walk Southern Sector

I would add here that our route to this particular entrance fitted neatly with where the ship was berthed and that subway route. Cruise ships berthing at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal will have a somewhat easier and quicker route.

Walking the Highline Walk is very easy and there are so many differing views of New York to be seen from the elevated walkway. In addition to the flora and fauna that have been planted along the walk, many sections have the old railway lines exposed as a reminder of what the elevated section once was….

Water features along the Highline Walk

The Erie Lakawana Ferry and rail terminal viewed from the Highline Walk

Rest, refreshment and viewing areas have been provided.

Nature preservation is a priority

while some New York humour can be spotted…

New York humour at work

…while looking down on New York street life…

…and how New Yorkers tackle their parking problems…

We actually covered one section of the walk twice so the actual walk took us around an hour and  a half.

One section even passes under the Standard Hotel…

A section of the Highline Walk that passes under the Standard Hotel

The northern end of the Highline Walk currently terminates at 34th Street …

We dropped down off the Highline Walk onto  34th Street and headed up to 42nd Street and along to  Times Square

42nd Street

Times Square.

and then up 7th, passing the Alwyn Court Building…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alwyn_Court

Alwyn Court Building on 7th Avenue

…eventually reaching  Central Park, our second ‘target’ for the day.

Jose de San Martin statue at entrance to Central park

Central Park is amazing and one could easily  spend a whole day wandering around it.  On this occasion we did the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace above The Lake, taking in the view across to the San Remo Apartments

San Remo apartments from Central park

…and Yoko Ono’s tribute to her husband, John Lennon, Strawberry Fields. On a pathway in Strawberry Fields is a mosaic, the gift of the city of Naples, Italy, inscribed with the word, IMAGINE, after John Lennon’s famous song…

‘Imagine’. Central Park remembers John Lennon

Of course, no visit to Central Park with a memory of the John Lennon Beatles era would be complete without a glimpse  across Central park West to see…

The Dakota Building.

…where John Lennon was residing with Yoko Ono when he was shot.

The New York Subway rattled us back to Brooklyn where two very tired Brits arrived back on board  in good time to enjoy a perfect sailaway party,  and an early evening dance.

 

4 responses to “One Way to do New York – Brooklyn to Central Park via the Highline Walk

  1. As a UK Brit now resident in West Sussex who worked in the NYC for many years ,commuting from New Jersey to World Trade Center a word of appreciation and congratulation on your brilliant Website.Will follow with interest.

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