NY Through the Lens - New York City Photography

Scroll to Info & Navigation

High Line at the Rail Yards. The final section of railroad tracks.


The High Line is a public park that sits along a historic freight railroad line elevated high above the streets of New York City on the west side of Manhattan. In the early 20th century, the rail line was used to transport valuable freight and enjoyed a long period of high activity. It was abandoned in the 1980s after it ceased to be used for its original purpose and nature took over in a rather dramatic way. It is currently owned by the City of New York and maintained by a wonderful group called Friends of the High Line who have fought hard to preserve and nourish the space opening it up to the city to enjoy and care for.

The final section of the High Line is known as High Line at the Rail Yards. I read that it was possible to get a guided tour of the untouched railroad tracks and of course, I happily jumped at the opportunity. My first tour was cancelled due to rain but I was able to get another chance yesterday. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful evening to walk alongside the historic railroad tracks which were surrounded by fresh spring vegetation.

As the sun dipped lower in the sky, it felt like I was transported to a post-apocalyptic New York City. The tour guides were absolutely awesome. I was not allowed to take photos of the still-active rail yards that sit below the final section of the High Line since it is considered a federal offense to do so. So, regretfully, I was not able to capture the tracks and wildlife against the gorgeous Chelsea skyline. However, I did take quite a few photos with my Sony A99 of the view to the west and south towards the Empire State Building.

These are a few photos of what I saw yesterday evening exploring the High Line’s last section. Enjoy :)

View this set over on Flickr here:

High Line at the Rail Yards - Final High Line Section


Interact with this photo-set via a comment thread over on my Google Plus page


View my photography portfolio here, email me, or ask for help.

Recent comments

Blog comments powered by Disqus


  1. ancoragufo reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  2. bizoubisou reblogged this from hereliesepic
  3. hereliesepic reblogged this from rocketshipshootingscars
  4. thearenaspectacular reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  5. ithoughthurricaneseasonwas0ver reblogged this from n-a-t-e
  6. iamthesheriff reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  7. l-money reblogged this from tsukiihana
  8. tsukiihana reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  9. incoerenzadizenzero reblogged this from nythroughthelens and added:
    High Line - Final Section by © Vivienne Gucwa (via nythroughthelens)
  10. xx-rapunzel-xx reblogged this from andafterallimonlysleeping
  11. n-a-t-e reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  12. checkeredlives reblogged this from betrayalisbeautiful
  13. betrayalisbeautiful reblogged this from incrimsonroses
  14. fancifulwithin reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  15. sahabetterah reblogged this from jeremylawson
  16. tonfon33 reblogged this from jeremylawson
  17. jeremylawson reblogged this from oscar365diaz
  18. kozirog reblogged this from thingssheloves
  19. justputthedamnedthingon reblogged this from fancyfrittata
  20. fancyfrittata reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  21. stepygatita reblogged this from thingssheloves
  22. huntingcompulsion reblogged this from nythroughthelens
  23. mizutoriiii reblogged this from mizutoriii
  24. finalfortuna reblogged this from ecokitty
  25. lyaid reblogged this from ecokitty