Friends of the High Line is the 501(c)3 non-profit, private partner to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. We fund virtually all the High Line’s operations by raising contributions, and we work with the City to make sure the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all.
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.
Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape entailed more than two years of construction per section in a multi-step process.
The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park’s landscape.
The movement to save the High Line was catalyzed by iconic photographs of the self-seeded landscape that grew up when the trains stopped running that were captured by Joel Sternfeld in 2000, nine years before the park would open to the public. Joel’s photos showed the innate beauty of the High Line and inspired the local community to dream about what was possible.
Since that time, photography has played a central role in telling the story of the High Line, from showcasing the park’s dynamic and engaging public programs to celebrating the ever-changing colors and textures of the park’s plants, and sharing the special everyday moments that visitors capture with friends and family.
The High Line Flickr Pool brings together photographers from all over the world to share their unique perspective on the park. Dive in and discover another side to the High Line.