The Story of The High Line Elevated Park and Hudson Yards: From Trestle to Treasure

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Kitt Garrett’s New York Sites & Insights was created to provide you with an insider’s story behind a site, so you are up-close and personal, discovering its secrets.  Using over 100 historical and current images we’ll explore the site together virtually, so when you visit, you’ll know how much time to spend there and capture your own memories in the City That Never Sleeps!

  • 108 Minutes
  • On-Demand Virtual Tour
  • New York, New York

“No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.”

― Michael R. Bloomberg

From the days of Sex and the City’s popularity when the Meatpacking District was a bit seedy, to the glitz and glamor of the Hudson Yards has been an evolution of inspiration, imagination, patience and fortitude. This area is a wonderful example of public and private partnerships working together to create a new way for New Yorker’s and visitors to experience the City. The landscape of the High Line has been designed to change with the seasons, so every visit becomes a unique experience. This talk will show the history of the neighborhood from the 1800’s and the changes that have led to the starchitecture that has been built along the High Line. Hudson Yards is the largest private construction project in the history of the United States. You’ll hear why this complex has created controversial discussions about what a neighborhood is and isn’t, and what it should be from an urban design standpoint.

This 108-minute presentation uses over 100 images taking you on an in-depth visual journey learning about the history of freight transportation along the Hudson River and the conversion into a linear elevated park. Then, we’ll take a virtual tour from Gansevoort Street to the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, block by block viewing the changes in both the new architecture and the effects on the neighborhoods. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special.

Download Kitt’s pdf with photo stops for your self-guided tour when you visit on your own.

Upload your photos into Tripcast.

Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

Type of Tour

On-demand video with pdf self-guided tour.

Highlights

  • See how New York has changed along the West Side from the 1800’s through today
  • Hear how an obsolete piece of infrastructure was transformed into a world-class destination
  • Learn how the population and real estate prices are changing the neighborhood
  • Discover the destinations adapting the success of the High Line and Hudson Yards

Price Includes

  • Private talk by licensed expert NYC guide, Guides Association of New York Certified
  • Hear the talk
  • Use Kitt’s photo stops while you are on location
  • Upload your photos into Tripcast
  • Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

Price Excludes

  • Cost of the memory book is paid directly by clients and not included in the cost of the tour.

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  1. This 108-minute on-demand virtual presentation uses over 100 images taking you on an in-depth visual journey learning about the history of freight transportation along the Hudson River and the conversion into a linear elevated park.  Then, we’ll take a virtual tour from Gansevoort Street to the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, block by block viewing the changes in both the new architecture and the effects on the neighborhoods. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special.  

  2. Download Kitt’s pdf with photo stops for your self-guided tour when you visit on your own.

  3. Upload your photos into Tripcast.

  4. Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

  5. Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

About Your Guide

From 1993 – 2016, Kitt Garrett, lecturer, travel and tourism consultant was the Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond.  She grew the company to be the leader in personalized travel to New York City by designing extraordinary experiences for corporate, leisure and native New Yorkers who wished to go beyond the New York they already knew. Using her expertise and extraordinary contacts, Kitt was named Condé Nast Top Destination Specialist for 8 years.  Kitt sold Discover New York & Beyond in 2016 to a well-established production company in NY. Kitt was featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has been the guest lecturer on the QE II, The World, Residences at Sea, private clubs and corporations. While living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, Kitt taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies.

Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional, and licensed New York City Guide and Certified by the Guides Association of New York City. She is a member of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance, The Art Deco Society, Society of General Mechanics and Tradesmen, the American Institute of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side, Historic District Council, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, Friends of the Upper West Side, Friends of Terra Cotta and Grand Central Atelier.  Her credentials are unmatched.

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