Once a raised railroad line that brought freight to the factories in lower Manhattan, the High Line is one of New York City’s newest parks. The High Line currently runs along the West Side from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, with the second section, from 20th Street to 30th Street, opened in mid-2011. The Avenues school building is adjacent to the newer section, which provides both a green backdrop to the school dining room and exciting opportunities for both students and the whole school community.
The High Line provides a pleasant way, away from traffic, for children to walk to school at Avenues, using the 26th Street High Line access point, just steps from Avenues’ entrances. Students can also use it to walk from the Avenues campus toward nearby Chelsea Piers, where some students attend gym class and before- or after-school athletic practice. In addition, the physical walkway provides connectivity to nearby neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, as well as Chelsea art galleries, design studios, retail shops, restaurants, residences, and museums.
The High Line provides opportunities for learning outside the classroom, with a variety of educational school programs where students can learn about nature, history and design, including the history of trains in New York City.
The aesthetic beauty of the High Line enhances the architectural design of the Avenues facility. The third floor of the Avenues School looks out onto an array of landscapes and attractions atop the disused rail line. An Avenues student eating lunch in the third floor dining room can enjoy a breathtaking view of one of New York City’s modern landmarks.
To learn more about the history of the High Line, visit http://www.thehighline.org.