High Line

Moon from the High Line

photo taken from the High Line through Joe’s 5-inch Celestron by Patrizia Iacino on 7/30/09

Built in the 1930’s as an elevated freight line on the west side of Manhattan, the High Line originally ran 13 miles from St. John’s Park Terminal in the West Village up to the West Side Rail Yards at 34th St. With the growth of interstate trucking in the 1950’s, traffic on the High Line gradually diminished, and the southernmost section was torn down. During the 1980’s, the entire line was threatened with demolition. The Friends of the High Line was established in 1999 with the goal of turning the rail line into a public park. Their efforts paid off in 2005, when New York City took ownership of the line from the railroad company. Construction of the first section of the park, from Gansevoort to 20th Street, began in April 2006 and was completed in June of 2009. Section 2, running between 20th Street and 30th Street, opened in June of 2011. The final section, running up to 34th Street, opened in September of 2014.

The AAA began its weekly observing sessions on the High Line on August 25th, 2009. We’ve gone up every week since then, except for a break during the winter months of November through March, and the inevitable cancellations due to overcast skies.


AAA Observing Calendar

The AAA will resume regular Tuesday evening observing on the High Line on April 7, 2015 and will continue each Tuesday through the end of October.


Getting to the High Line

The nearest subway station is the 14th Street & 8th Ave stop on the A/C/E trains. From there it’s only a block and a half walk to 10th Ave.

If you’re planning to drive, keep in mind that the area around the High Line is very busy at night – lots of restaurants, etc. Parking on Friday or Saturday evenings is nearly impossible.


Observing Locations

Jupiter and its moons

photo of Jupiter and its moons taken 9/18/10 at Broadway and 106th St by Ethan Glenn using his iPhone

Although the High Line extends from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, most of our observing will take place near the 14th Street entrance or just south of the Standard Hotel, which crosses over the High Line near 13th Street. You can enter the park at any one of these entrances/exits:

Gansevoort Street
14th Street (with elevator access)
16th Street (with elevator access)
18th Street
20th Street
23rd Street (with elevator access)
26th Street
28th Street
30th Street (with elevator access)



The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM starting April 1st. During the warm summer months, the park stays open until 11:00. Starting at about 20 minutes before closing, the park attendants close the southern and northern-most exits and begin shepherding people towards the other exits. AAA observing will take place from dusk until 15 minutes before closing.

Web Resources

There’s a great NY Times article about the High Line here

The official website for the Friends of the High Line is at: