New York’s High Line & Meatpacking District Walking Tour
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- Trace the rise of the Meatpacking District to the opening of the Erie Canal and development of the great American trade routes in the 19th-Century
- Discover Hell's Kitchen, New York's neighborhood made famous in "West Side Story"
- Travel in small groups for a more personalized experience
- Learn about America's industrial heritage with a urban preservationist guide
- Walk the full length of the popular High Line greenway
During your walking seminar in the company of an urban historian, you will trace the history of New York's industrial age from the 1840s to the 1940s. Begin by looking at the rise of the meatpacking industry, industrial innovation, and urban planning in this unique part of Manhattan.
Learn about the opening of the Erie Canal and development of the great American trade routes in the 19th-Century. Look at the architectural remnants of commerce, including the great brick façades, the use of metal canopies, and the wonderful Belgian block paving still visible on most streets.
Learn how the meatpacking industry declined, and hear about the innovative preservation work that's going on in what is one of the hottest locales in Manhattan.
Then, head up to the elevated High Line, a former freight railroad built in 1933 by the New York Central Railroad. After being abandoned for several decades, the High Line was rescued by a robust non-profit group and converted into a stunning elevated park that has rapidly become one of the most popular open spaces in the city.
Enter the park at 12th and Gansevoort and walk to the end at 22nd Street. Your guide will explain the role the line served in the early part of the 20th-Century, and discuss its innovative original design.
The fascinating tour will focus on the conservation of the High Line, its redevelopment, and the thorny issues that lined its path to redemption. You will emerge with a strong appreciation for American industrial heritage, and how old, rusty places can find new life in the contemporary city.
End with a superb view towards Hell's Kitchen, the rough-and-tumble New York neighborhood made famous by the movie “West Side Story.”
- An urban historian, architectural historian, or preservationist guide
Meet your guide at the Apple Store, NW corner of West 14th Street and 9th Avenue. The closest subways are the 14th Street stop for the A, C, and E lines. (Open in Google Maps)
• Context Walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded.
• Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
• If you are running late for your meeting with your guide, please call so that a message can be relayed to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable.
• Cancellations within 2 business days need to be made directly with the local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling the U.S. 800 number may not be honored
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