Manhattan’s High Line park reopens Thursday, with some big changes

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High Line park in Manhattan

FILE – In this June 7, 2011 file photo, visitors stroll down a walkway after the second section of the High Line, an industrial era elevated railway converted into a city park, opened to the public one day early in New York. The High Line is built on an old elevated freight line along 10th Avenue, on Manhattan’s West Side. It offers unusual views of the city from 30 feet above ground and is one of New York’s best free attractions.

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CHELSEA, Manhattan — After being closed for months, Manhattan’s elevated High Line park reopens Thursday, but with some big changes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When The High Line reopens, there will be a number of protocols enforced to ensure all visitors maintain social distancing.

Perhaps the biggest change visitors will notice is that foot traffic will, for now, flow in just one direction, north to 23rd Street.

There will be just one entrance to the park, located at Gansevoort Street near the Meatpacking District. Meanwhile, staircases at 14th, 16th, 20th and 23rd streets will become exit-only, as will the elevators at 14th and 23rd streets, except for people will mobility access needs.

Park capacity will be limited to make sure visitors are able to stay at least six feet apart while enjoying the long elevated park situated on a former railroad line.

In order to minimize wait times and discourage groups from gathering at the Gansevoort Street entrance, timed-entry reservations can be made in advance at the High Line’s website.

A limited number of walk-up passes will be available at the entrance each day.

The High Line will be open seven days a week, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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