About Cowboys and Cookies: The High Line Walking Tour – Uncle Sam's New York Tours
See history – and New York City – from a slightly different angle as you walk the High Line, Manhattan's unique and popular elevated urban park. Uncle Sam's New York Tours will take you on a guided stroll through the one-mile stretch of raised greenery above the West Side.
From the middle of the 19th century, street-level railroads in Manhattan hosted freight trains – the railroad companies even hired cowboys to guide the trains down 10th Ave. But the traffic accidents were so prevalent that the city built elevated tracks for public safety in 1930. And by 1980, they had gone dormant. After many years of trying, non-profit group Friends of the Highline turned the track into an award-winning public park, with the first section (Gansevoort St. to W. 20th St.) opening in 2009 and the second (W. 20th St. to W. 30th St.) in 2011.
You'll walk this elevated garden trail for two hours with a guide who can regale you with tales from the rich past of the area, starting at the entrance of the park near 14th St. and Ninth Ave. Walking north, you’ll take in an eclectic mix of New York sights, like the Chelsea factory where the Oreo cookie was invented in 1912, when Nabisco was known as the National Biscuit Company. Immerse yourself in the plant life that now lines the disused track, with incredible views of the Hudson River.
Two hours (1.5 miles)
Did you know?
The High Line is built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad, on what was once called the West Side Line.
Manhattan's street-level railroad tracks of the late 1800s caused so many traffic accidents that they earned Tenth Avenue the name "Death Avenue."
Out-of-towners eager to see the sights and learn about the culture and history of New York City will love the High Line tour.
Good for kids?
Uncle Sam's Tours Location Information:
44 Ninth Ave (14th St.)
New York, NY 10011
Cookies and Cowboys: The High Line Park Walking Tour
Starts: At "The Diner" 44 Ninth Ave on the corner of 14th St. and Ninth Avenue.
A, C, E to 14th St; L to 8th Ave.