The Highline is a unique NYC’s landmark if only because it allows someone to view the city, buildings, pedestrians from an angle you can’t get when you are walking at street level. You also get a chance to peek into people’s apartments and see how they live and to enjoy new and old architecture unique to this area.
Below is a list of some significant buildings that you will find along the Highline. Also check out the park’s activities here.
Avenue School 259 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001
The stately building that the High Line’s popular flyover snakes by was designed by the great Modernist architect Cass Gilbert for the R.C. Williams company, a wholesale grocer founded in 1809. On August 1, 1933 a New York Central locomotive pulled up to a loading dock here, making R.C. Williams the very first client of the High Line. Today the renovated warehouse is home to the Avenues World School, which opened in September 2012.
General Theological Seminary 440 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
The building that looks like a castle on Tenth Avenue is not a school for wizards, it’s the oldest Episcopal seminary in the United States. Endowed in the 1820s by Clement Clarke Moore, author of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (“’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house…”), General Theological Seminary houses the greatest collection of Latin Bibles in the world and boasts a state-of-the-art thermal heating and cooling system.
HL23, 23rd Street 517 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
The metallic, curving building on 23rd Street was opportunistically named HL23. Designed by Los Angeles architect Neil Denari, it’s a rare structure in that it gets wider -– by as much as 40 percent –- as it rises above its much smaller street-level footprint. This design, a result of New York’s strict zoning laws, allows it to lean over its namesake, the High Line.
IAC Building 555 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
This is one of my favorite buildings because of its shape, the way refracts light at night and the location facing the Hudson River. The undulating glass curtain on 11th Avenue is the IAC building, designed by architect Frank Gehry for Barry Diller’s media empire. Like a piece of sculpture, you must walk around the entire thing to get its full impact. Only from the Hudson River side can you fully appreciate why it’s called “the sail building.” Beautiful always, but particularly at night, the IAC HQ is arguably the most striking piece of architecture along the High Line.
Merchant Refrigerating Building, 501 West 16th Street New York NY
Morgan General Mail Facility, 341 9th Ave, New York, NY 10199
Looked at from above, the first thing you notice about the Morgan General Mail Facility is its huge green roof. It was one of the first in Manhattan and, at 2.5 acres, is one of the largest in the country. Note the bricked-up entrance in lower left corner, once used by mail trains used to deliver letters and packages from all over the USA when the High Line was a freight railroad. 150 years ago a train station stood here; the first passenger to pass through was Abraham Lincoln.
The Standard Hotel 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
The first modern building conceived specifically with the High Line in mind, the Standard became an instant landmark when media reports cited naked frolicking in the windows by hotel guests. Designed by architect Todd Schliemann, it looks like a giant open book. It has perfectly glorious views of the Hudson River from its famous rooftop bar, the Boom Boom Room.