• Stroll a beautiful converted freight rail on the West Side
• Lunch on Italian coastal cuisine and sample wines from upstate
• Choose from quaint boutiques, afterwards toast locals at a nautical bar
The 2009 opening of this reborn 1930’s freight rail track was the final piece of the West Side’s astonishing renaissance, a masterpiece in urban renewal that triggered copycat public-park proposals from Singapore to Jerusalem to Mexico City. Start your stroll in the heart of Chelsea at the West 23rd Street entrance and head south through the thoughtfully landscaped trails with views of some of the city’s unique buildings: the modern glass condo structure known as the HL23, Frank Gehry’s undulating IAC, and André Balazs’s model magnet Standard Hotel. Exit at Gansevoort Street for lunch at Santina, the latest from hitmakers Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick inside a Renzo Piano-designed glass box. The restaurant’s interiors make it seem as if you’ve been transported to the Amalfi Coast (blue-and-yellow ceramic mural; pinkish floral Murano chandeliers), as does the coastal Italian cuisine (octopus spiedini; spaghetti blue crab). Looking for a post-lunch drink? The seasonal Terroir at the Porch promotes varietals from upstate winery Finger Lakes and local spot Rusty Knot, on the West Side Highway, has playful nautical kitsch and the best Dark & Stormies in town.
Get right to the heart of Chelsea by taking the train to 23rd Street. Stroll down West 23rd and take the entrance at 10th Avenue to get on the High Line. Start walking and enjoy the view.
THE HIGH LINE: thehighline.org
SANTINA: 820 Washington St.; 212-254-3000; santinanyc.com
TERROIR AT THE PORCH: 15th St. at 10th Ave.; 212-625-9463; wineisterroir.com; open May 1st. to November 1st.
RUSTY KNOT: 425 West St.; 212-645-5668; therustyknot.com