The Lot @ the High Line

Category: Off the beaten path – NYC

Activity Type: Park Venue

Age Appropriate: 3 & Up

We visited The Lot at the High Line this past weekend for father’s day and it was a lot of fun. We took Devam’s grandparents with us they enjoyed it a lot as well. Located at the street level on 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, the Lot features several public amenities including free events, family activities, public art, beer garden and high-end food trucks. You can also access the north-end of the High Line from here via elevator or stairs.

The free event (till July 5th, 2011) this month is Rainbow City, a surreal landscape of psychedelic scenery. The carnival-like installation is made up of 40 air-filled, brightly colored, inflatable structures. Devam (2 yrs old) was a little overwhelmed with the swift motion and size of the structures, but many toddlers as well as adults were having a great time pushing, jumping and connecting with them. Rainbow city invites you to become a part of a very energetic, happy and fun environment.

Rainbow City will be in town till the 5th of July, so make sure you go visit with your family.

Besides free events, the Lot also features a great eating area with high-end food vendors like Eddie’s Pizza, Tiam falafel & smoothie and the Taco Truck. There were several tables and chairs armored with shades. The area was kept extremely clean and green with recycling bins everywhere. The Standard Beer Garden under the High Line is a great place for dads to take break while the family takes a stroll on the High Line which is accessible via elevator and stairs from the Lot.
The Lot underneath the High Line makes for a great family break-time on weekends during the warmer months.

Tots on the High Line in NYC


Category: Off the beaten path – NYC
Activity type: Park Venue
Age Appropriate: All Ages

In 2009 a brand new 6.73 acres of public park, mile and a half long, was added to Manhattan, 30 feet above ground. The High Line runs across the West Side neighborhoods of Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen.

The Past and Present of the High Line with Ed Norton

The Friends of the High Line make a concerted effort to keep the park alive all summer long with several entertaining programs and events for people of all ages.

Step Festival @ The Highline (From June 13 – June 18 2011)

The park offers nature-based fun activities, tours, stargazing, dance workshops and other tot related activities in the summer.

To Do’s on the High Line:

- Stroll with your tot: Access the mile and half long park via stairs or elevator access points (as listed below) and enjoy strolling across parks and enjoy views of the city around and below you.
- Free Tour: you can enjoy a free guided tour of the High Line at 11:00AM
- Programs: Participate in low-cost or free design, garden, family, art or history program developed by the Friends of the High Line
- Parties: Friends of the High Line continue to hold fun parties for adults on the High Line to enrich the visitor experience. Check out upcoming parties on the High Line
- Volunteer: Volunteer with the High Line Gardeners for the Green-up project or at the Field Station as a Greeter
- The Lot: During Summer, enjoy public art, free events and family activities, beer and wine, and concessions from food trucks at the public plaza below the High Line’s northern terminus

Tot related events this month @ the High Line:
- Rainbow City
- Saturday Tours
- Step to High Line Festival

Rainbow City @ The High Line

Elevator as well as stair access to the park is available at the following points:
- 14th Street and east of 10th Avenue
- 16th Street and east of 10th Avenue
- 20th Street and West of 10th Avenue (Coming soon)
- 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues (Coming soon)

View The High Line in a larger map

Most activities on the High Line are held during warmer months, make sure you visit while the sun shines.