Where to Run: The High Line and Lower West Side

via Ira Block Photography

By: Brian Elder

In this weeks "Where to Run" series, we are heading south while staying in New York City. Recently completed in the fall of 2014, Highline Park on the lower westside has become the standard for urban revitalization. The elevated park that sits on an old railroad line goes from West 34th street to the Meat Packing District staying between 10th and 12th avenue. The 1.5 mile track is a good out and back option for a short run, but if you want to add in a few more miles (who doesn't?), I recommend staying south to see the West and Greenich Village neighborhoods along with Soho and Tribeca. These areas offer a different feel and will allow you to move away from many of the tourist attractions to get a better glimpse of everyday life for people who live and work in New York City. 

One of the great things about the Highline is that it is easily accessible by the subway and easy to move anywhere on the island after a quick run. There are many options to both enter and exit the park with stairs usually every two to three blocks. Another one of the convenient things about running on the Highline is that there are public restrooms located along the park. If you are a runner you know that there can never been enough bathrooms or porta-johns around while on a run just in case of an emergency! This is even more true in New York because public bathrooms are at a premium and you will probably be required to buy something at a store if you want to be able to use their restroom. After a morning run you can stop by one of the best coffee roasters in the city, Stumptown or if you are getting in a run around your lunch break you can visit the Chelsea Market or any of the surrounding restaurants that are sure to please. 

You never know what you might stumble upon at the Highline: snow sculpting contests, volunteers planting for the spring and summer months, murals, and maybe a live open air performance or two. If you're a runner and visiting the city, Highline Park is a great stop to get away from the bright lights of Times Square and see Chelsea, one of the most eclectic and historic neighborhoods in Manhattan. 

Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian on Instagram.